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Saturday, October 21, 2017

About Elevate Your Marriage

At First Sight... Whether you are newly in love or married for 50 years you can probably agree that your marriage is a work in progress that occasionally needs some coaching.

Elevate Your Marriage is a day filled with fun coaching and real talk that will endeavor to bring your marriage back to a place of first love.

Using biblical principles, nationally recognized coaches and speakers will impart practical wisdom and insights on how to foster the deep love that God designed for every marriage.

Elevate Your Marriage is just the thing your marriage needs to propel it to the next level of unity!

Consider sponsoring a table and fill it with your friends and family as we laugh, learn and love together!

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David & Marlinda Ireland

Drs. David & Marlinda Ireland

Founding Pastors of Christ Church
David & Marlinda Ireland are the founding pastors of Christ Church. They have been married since 1984 and are the proud parents of two adult daughters – Danielle and Jessica. Having counseled hundreds of couples in their 30 years of pastoral ministry, the Irelands enjoy using their graduate school education in the area of marriage and family to help couples achieve emotionally healthy marriages. Marlinda recently completed her Doctor of Ministry degree at Alliance Theological Seminary. They are frequent guest teachers at regional and national marriage seminars, couples retreats, and other venues designed to enrich marriages. Through Dr. Ireland’s former radio program IMPACT, tens of thousands of marriages were strengthened as he taught on such topics as: How to Fight Fair; Building a Healthy Marriage; and Love for a Lifetime. To learn more about David Ireland and his involvement in the community and abroad visit
Anthony and Barbara Franklin

Anthony and Barbara Franklin

Associate Pastors of Christ Church
Anthony and Barbara Franklin are associate pastors of Christ Church, serve as pastoral leaders of the church’s successful marriage mentoring ministry. Married since 1981, they are the proud parents of two adult daughters and four grandchildren. Together, they have used their more-than 26 years of pastoral ministry experience to restore and strengthen countless marriages by mentoring and counseling couples through workshops, retreats and one-on-one sessions. Anthony is a graduate of Alliance Theological Seminary, and Barbara earned a degree in elementary education from Nyack College and is a developmental interventionist for the New Jersey Early Intervention System. Both are Certified Prepare-Enrich Marriage Assessment Facilitators. They are devoted to helping couples lay a foundation for strong, godly marriages and they also lead the Christ Church pre-marital preparation program.
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Dr. Doug Weiss

Licensed Psychologist and the Executive Director of Heart to Heart Counseling Center
Dr. Doug Weiss is a Licensed Psychologist and the Executive Director of Heart to Heart Counseling Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As Director, Dr. Weiss maintains a number of counselors, support groups, 3 and 5 Day Intensive workshops. Dr. Weiss is also President of the American Association for Sex Addiction Therapy (AASAT). Dr. Weiss is a frequent guest in the national television, radio and print media and a prolific writer on marriage, singlehood, men’s and women’s issues and recovery from addiction. Dr. Weiss and his wife Lisa have been married for 30 years! To learn more about Dr. Doug Weiss visit
Comedian Nazareth

Comedian Nazareth

Award Winning Comedian Nazareth, originally from the Holy Land, has been seen by over 40 Million people around the world through live concerts, TV and Radio broadcasts. His list of TV appearances include: Comedy Central, ABC Family, NBC, CBS, CBN and TBN.

Nazareth has toured with the Righteous Brothers, The Temptations and worked with Mr. B.B. King, Tim Hawkins, Michael Jr. just to name a few.

He has performed at the Famous Grand Ole Opry, Notre Dame University Concert Hall, The Sports Dome and many other sports arenas and stadiums and now his “Laughter for All” comedy shows draws crowds as large as 5,000 people with the intent of not only bringing comedy but also helping under-resourced families with food.

He is the author of “You’re So Funny Daddy!” a book on how to use humor to communicate with children. He takes prides in the opportunity he has had in bringing relief to returning Armed Forces in the U.S. and Germany.

Though he has the title of an acknowledged comedian, his greatest credit is having the role as husband and father. Nazareth has been happily wed to his wife for almost 19 years, and is a father of 3 children. He resides in Southern California.
Jessica Bullock

Jessica Bullock, MA, LPC, LCADC, CCS

Jessica Bullock received a Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy and a secondary Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling at Seton Hall University. Currently, she consults as a Clinical Director at several organizations, serves as a professor of Psychology and is an expert panelist/contributor at “The Fix”, an online global magazine. In 2010, Jessica Bullock became CEO and founder of Life Options Counseling Services (Cranford, NJ). She has been married to Kevin Bullock Sr. for 12 years and together they have four children, Alexis, Alana, Kevin Jr. and Ava.

Reason to Attend



attendees said the seminar gave them new strategies for living out a strong healthy marriage



Attendees said they would recommend the seminar to their married or engaged friends or family



More than one third of all attendees do not regularly attend church but still found the seminar to be extremely helpful to their marriage



of long term prison inmates grew up in broken homes *(Horn, Bush, “Fathers, Marriage and Welfare Reform)

In The Press

Elevate Your Marriage - October 2015

Valentine’s Day can be special for everyone

The marketing onslaught around Valentine’s Day can be overwhelming. Even thinking about this traditional love fest can provoke anxiety. For singles, it can be a nagging reminder of our culture’s obsession with romance. Couples often feel pressure to go over the top with lavish gestures and material objects. But, this does not need to be dreaded holiday. Make it an opportunity to practice love lessons that keep giving long after February 14.
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Elevate Your Marriage - October 2015

Elevate Your Marriage: Retreat Confronts These 3 Divorce Factors

Couples who've been married for a while know how important it is to retreat and get away from it all. But these days, thousands of couples are using those retreats as a time of intensive work to make their marriages super strong.
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Elevate Your Marriage - October 2015

Pastor Marlinda Ireland speaks to women at "Elevate Your Marraige" at Christ Church in Rockaway. (Photo: Daily Record Staff Photo Michael Izzo)

Thousands attend marriage counseling at Rockaway’s Christ Church

Married and engaged couples learned how to be better spouses Saturday at the third annual “Elevate Your Marriage” event at Christ Church in Rockaway.
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Doors Open

8:00am – 8:30am


8:30am – 10:30am

At First Site & Give Me 10 Minutes

11:00am – 12:15pm

Breakout Sessions – He Has a Secret, She Has a Secret & Straight Talk with Husbands & Wives

12:15pm – 1:30pm

Couples Lunch

1:30pm – 3:30pm

LOL & You Decide



Where is the Elevate Your Marriage Seminar taking place?

Elevate Your Marriage the Seminar will be held at Christ Church in Rockaway, New Jersey @ 140 Green Pond Road, Rockaway, New Jersey 07866.


What is the cost for attending the Elevate Your Marriage Seminar?

The cost to attend is:

*Sponsored tables can be a great gift of love to share with your married/engaged friends and family. Be 316! Sponsor a table and fill it with your friends and family!

What is included in the cost of the registration?

Registration pricing includes all main sessions and breakout sessions and a seminar workbook for each registrant.

Do I have to attend Christ Church in order to register?

No. All married and engaged couples are welcome to attend. In fact, a significant number of attendees do not attend Christ Church.

Why should I register so early?

Last year, Elevate experienced a sold-out registration and many couples were unable to attend. This year we have added even more to the Elevate Your Marriage schedule and expect even greater attendance. Don’t wait! Register today to secure your spot(s)!


Will child care be provided for my children?

Yes! Due to last year’s overwhelming success of Elevate we have decided to expand it to include not only single adults but also children and teens, aged 5-17. For the same price as last year we have planned exciting curriculum, speakers and activities for your children at Elevate Kids and Elevate Teens. Please go to Elevate Kids or Elevate Teens for more info, spots are extremely limited so register your children and teens today


I want to sit with my friends and family, is that possible?

Absolutely! One of the exciting options available at Elevate is the ability to sponsor a table. Simply choose the sponsored table option when registering and fill the table with your friends and family. Last year, nearly half of all the attendees sat at a sponsored table and we expect that number to grow, this year. However, sponsored tables are limited in availability and due to last year’s success we expect to sell out. Be sure to register your sponsored table today!


What are my lunch options during the Elevate?

We have scheduled some pretty awesome food vendors during our lunch break. Please expect to spend between $8 -$15 on lunch depending on the vendor you choose. We will have both outdoor and indoor seating for your enjoyment.


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