Are you ready to “Grandparent on Purpose?” For some of you, this seminar will affirm the good things you are already doing with your grandkids. For others, it will shake your world and give you a brand new perspective on what it means to be an intentional Christian grandparent. Whether you are on one end of that spectrum or the other – or in the middle somewhere – you are going to be deeply impacted by the few hours of time you choose to invest.
Our desire is that you go away with new inspiration, encouragement, and tools to help you realize your potential to grandparent successfully. You will unlearn some things, and relearn others. Your passion for your grandkids will be kindled even higher, and you’ll go away changed. More importantly, those precious grandchildren of yours will benefit, and they will never be the same because you have listened, learned, and grown in Biblical wisdom.
Attend one of our seminars near you. If your church would like to host one of these seminars, contact Brenda Peitzman, Director of Grandparenting Seminars. She will be delighted to give you more details!
David & Cathy Wheeler
Married in 1973, David and Cathy are still ridiculously in love with each other. God has smoothed over the wide array of differences and “two have become one”. They eagerly share what they have learned from their successes and failures.
Cathy is a full-time “Mamaw Wheels”. David (“Papaw Wheels”) is a professor at Johnson University (Knoxville, TN) in the School of Congregational Ministry and also serves as Associate Dean of Students. They moved to Johnson in 1997 following 24 years of youth and preaching ministries in Kingsport, TN and Converse, IN.
The two of them have cheerfully accepted the consequences of their love: two daughters, Julianna and Jennifer. Julianna & Kevin Trent have co-produced Kelanna, Railyn and Zane. Jennifer and Troy Cummings have blessed the world with Kaiden and Cole. In 2018, attending the “Grandparenting Matters!” seminar took Cathy and David to a new level of commitment to serve as “ambassadors for Christ” in the lives of their grandkids. In 2019 the Coalition recruited them to serve as seminar presenters. They are thrilled and honored to pass along this vital motivation, information and resources.
Cathy glows with the joy of being a grandmother. She sings with the grandkids while making muffins, and is in constant WWJD mode around the grandkids. In addition to being a prayer warrior, she also enjoys reading and Sudoku, taking long walks with David, and mentoring campus girls. David loves giving the “Blessing” to his grandkids and reading the daily Bible stories with passion. He also enjoys snow skiing, hiking, reading, and transforming his yard into a breathtaking display of floral beauty envied by millions.
Cathy and David aim to “love God and enjoy Him forever”.
Impacting tens of thousands of couples through Family Life Weekend to Remember as a featured conference speaker for over 25 years, Dick Hastings now brings this experience to Legacy Coalition for our Grandparenting Matters seminars. His private practice career as a Board Certified Christian Counselor and Certified Christian Conciliator has helped many families as they navigate tough situations in their lives.
Dick Hastings received his Master of Divinity degree from Western Seminary and he served seven years as a senior pastor. He and his wife Nancy were staff members of Campus Crusade for Christ and they travelled with the European music group, MasterPeace. Dick is a Viet Nam combat veteran of the US Marine Corps. He and Nancy have been married for 43 years and have four adult sons and four grandchildren. The Hastings reside in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
You will be blessed by Dick’s great wisdom that has come through decades of family counseling. His humor and candid way of relating to the audience makes it easy to engage with the message of the seminar content.
Jon Ness has joined our speaker team after recently retiring from a successful career with Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa. Jon played college basketball for the Iowa State Cyclones and brings great enthusiasm and experience in speaking to groups in a very inspiring way. He has also served as a leader and teacher in his local church over the years, and just completed his 4th year as chairman of the elder board at Valley Church in West Des Moines, IA.
Jon’s passion for the Lord and his family has always been the greatest priority of life for he and his wife Amy. They have three grown children and nine grandchildren who all live close by. Their desire to live as intentional Christian grandparents has been shaped and challenged by the message of Legacy Coalition and specifically the teaching of Grandparenting Matters seminars. Jon’s desire to bring his audience to a greater understanding of our Biblical role as grandparents, and to realize the importance of passing our faith down to our children’s children has become critical as he fulfills his calling to leave a legacy.
Bruce Peppin brings a wealth of ministry experience to the Legacy Coalition seminar speaker team. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot School of Theology and a degree in business management. Bruce served in executive leadership with Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs for 31 years.
After nearly derailing in midlife, Bruce spent over a decade developing scriptural principles to help inspire people to finish well for the Lord. He wrote a book on the topic titled The Best Is Yet to Be—Moving Mountains in Midlife (David C Cook, ©2015). He is thrilled to be a grandparent and part of the Legacy Coalition team. He and his wife, Kathleen, live in Frisco, Texas. They have two grown children and three grandsons.
You will be moved by Bruce’s passion, knowledge, and life experience as he applies these qualities to the role of grandparenting and teaches Grandparenting Matters in a way that clarifies your understanding of your Biblical responsibility to pass your faith down to your children AND your children’s children.
Glen and Ellen Schuknecht
Glen and Ellen Schuknecht have been married for 43 years and currently reside in Manchaca, Texas nearby their 3 married children and 11 grandchildren. They raised their family in Bend, Oregon and moved to Texas in 2003. They are the authors of the book A Spiritual Heritage, released, by Kregel, in October, 2017 and will appear on Focus on the Family this summer.
Glen Schuknecht served for six years as the Head of Student Discipline and Discipleship at Veritas Academy in Austin, Texas, where he continues to work part-time as Head of Security. He speaks at various UMSI (University-Model™ Schools International) schools and churches. His career includes 42 years of teaching and coaching, of which 36 years were in public schools both in Oregon and Texas.
Ellen Schuknecht is Head of Family Ministries at Veritas Academy, a school she helped found. She is the director of Family Wings Consulting LLC, and a national speaker for UMSI (University-Model™ Schools International). She has contributed to several books on parenting and education, and has appeared on Focus on the Family with her daughter, Erin MacPherson.
In their younger years, Glen and Ellen worked with youth through Young Life and On Track Ministries in Oregon. Currently they serve as SYMBIS facilitators (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) for their church, The Springs, where they also support and encourage young couples as they enter into marriage and later in raising their children.
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What Others Say
“Our 15 people all considered this conference a 20 out of 1-10 for them.”
“As a very new grandparent this has challenged me to examine what I can do now and steps to prepare for future interactions with my grandson and future grandchildren.“
I attended a Grandparenting Matter’s conference first as a participant. We then hosted our own conference at our church. As a participant I was already an intentional grandparent but the first conference inspired me to hone my skills and armed with my new ideas, I took them back to get even better at sharing myself and my faith with my grandchildren.
Then we held the conference and from all over, pastors, elders, ministry leaders said, “Wow!” what a fantastic way to gain new ideas and insights on Biblical Intentional Grandparenting.
As a ministry leader, I have caught the vision of inspiring a generation of grandparents to leave legacy of faith, not only with their own grandchildren, but also as workers with children in ministry at our church.
If you are grandparent and have desire to pass on your legacy of faith, then the Grandparenting Matters Seminar is definitely for you!
Barry Ferguson, Pastor of Administration and Care,
Calvary Church, Lancaster PA
“Opened my eyes, engaged my heart, and educated my head about an overlooked area that God has much to say.”
“I would be lying if I said that we were really excited to go to the seminar. In fact we both felt like we were pretty good grandparents and that you may have a few good tips, but nothing earth shattering. Wow………. were we ever wrong. We left the seminar and talked about it nonstop for the hour that it took us to drive to a graduation party. Then at the graduation party we told anyone who would listen all about it. The next morning II went to the front porch and pulled out my notes from the seminar and started writing a sports blessing for all of my grandkids who play sports. We were blessed way beyond what we deserve!”