Saturday, October 17, 2015 – 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT

About Elevate Your Marriage

Be a better half! You’ve got love. You’ve got commitment. Now learn to grow into the joyfully intimate spouse you were designed to be.

Elevate Your Marriage, a day filled with fun, coaching and real talk, will bring intimacy and excitement back to your marriage. No matter the level of emotional or relational health of your marriage, Elevate Your Marriage may be just the thing your marriage needs to move it to the next level of harmony!

Using biblical teaching, the seminar will help you gain a more satisfying relationship. God designed marriage to be enjoyed by both the husband and the wife.

Your coaches are comprised of an expert team that will share insight and experience gleaned from more than 90 cumulative years of marriage and leading hundreds of workshops and counseling sessions. You will learn how to grow into the joyfully intimate spouse God designed you to be!

Bring your friends! Let’s laugh and learn together as we rediscover the passionate love we so want!

Why choose Us?

In The Press

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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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 29 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 25 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 29 years! To learn more about Dr. Doug Weiss visit
Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

The Money Coach®
Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach®, is a personal finance expert and New York Times bestselling author. Her latest book, College Secrets is a guide to managing college costs. Lynnette is also CEO of She has appeared on hundreds of TV programs, including Oprah, The Talk, Tyra, Dr. Oz, The Steve Harvey Show, The Today Show and more. Before launching in 2003, Lynnette was a Wall Street Journal reporter for CNBC, where she covered business and personal finance news. Lynnette spent nearly 10 years at Dow Jones & Co. Inc. working as a reporter, bureau chief, deputy managing editor and personal finance editor. Lynnette earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Irvine. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California. Lynnette lives in New Jersey with her husband of 8 years and business partner, Earl Cox, and their three children. Follow Lynnette on Twitter @themoneycoach or learn more about Lynnette at

Reason to Attend



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



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



is the divorce rate of all marriages as reported by the National Vital Statistics *(Division of Vital Statistics 2012)



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




– Registration

8:30 am – 11:00 am

– Morning Session – topics include - “All In!” & “Intimacy”

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

– Breakout Sessions – topics include – “Sex, You, and God” & “Real Talk with Husbands and Wives”

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

– Couples Lunch

1:30pm – 3:30pm

– Afternoon Sessions – topics include – “Home Sweet Home”, “4 Parenting Tips” & “Forgiveness: Emotionally Healthy Marriage”



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.


Will child care be provided for my children?

Yes. Our awesome Christ Church volunteers and staff have a fun-filled day planned for children ages walking to 11 years old at the Little Learner Academy located just across the street at 25 Green Pond Road, Rockaway, New Jersey.

Why do I have to pay for childcare?

We are only seeking to partially offset the costs associated with caring for your child during the hours of the seminar. We are sure that you will agree that the $10 per child all day fee is well worth all the fun your child will enjoy while you focus on Elevating Your Marriage!

What does the childcare fee include?

The child care fee for your child includes:

Should I drop off my child before arriving at the Elevate Your Marriage Seminar?

Yes. On your way to the Elevate Your Marriage Seminar you will simply stop at the Little Learner Academy just up the street from the seminar and simply sign-in your pre-registered child.

What is the earliest I can drop my child off at Little Learner Academy?

The Christ Church childcare volunteers and staff will ensure doors are open at the Little Learner Academy by 7:30am.

Why are we not using the childcare facilities at Christ Church?

While, we do have a state of the art childcare facilities at Christ Church we are limited by the capacity of children that we can safely care for. The Littler Learner’s Academy safely allows for the capacity needed for the amount of children expected in a facility that is designed for children.

Who will be caring for my children at the Little Learner Academy?

The Christ Church childcare team of volunteers and staff will remain in place we are simply moving that care to the Little Learner Academy so that we might provide a much better experience for you and your child.

Will my child be safe?

Yes! As usual we have taken all precautionary measures to ensure that all children will be safe at the Little Learner Academy, such as proper adult—child ratio, security, etc.


What are my lunch options during the Seminar?

We have made the following lunch options available for all those attending the Seminar:

  1. Food tucks - A variety of food trucks available on site with indoor/outdoor seating.
  2. Picnic - You can feel free to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy our indoor/outdoor seating.
  3. Go out - A list of local eateries all within 10 minutes’ walk/drive to the Seminar will be given to you upon your arrival.


PHONE – 973-783-1010 or EMAIL US


Christ Church

Christ Church is proud to be the main sponsor of the Elevate Your Marriage Seminar! It is our prayer that through this seminar you and your spouse will experience a renewed desire to enjoy each other through the sacred covenant of marriage.

About Christ Church

Founded in 1986 when Pastors David and Marlinda joined hearts with six other adults Christ Church has grown exponentially year after year. Today Christ Church is home to several thousand families, representing approximately 70 different nationalities! We offer seven weekend worship experiences in two locations. Our East Campus is located in Montclair at Church Street & Trinity Place and our West Campus is located in the Township of Rockaway @ 140 Green Pond Road. Our mission is to Unite People to God and People to People.


About Wellsprings

Wellsprings Counseling Center, LLC is a team of trusted professionals dedicated to healing and transformation. We address the whole person emotionally, psychologically, physically, and spiritually. Every counselor is licensed in the state of NJ. When requested, we incorporate a Christian faith-based approach into the process. Our services include individual, couples, family, adolescent, children, and group counseling as well as play and sand tray therapy. We also offer workshops on a variety of mental health and faith-based topics.

Department of Children and Families

About Department of Children and Families

You Can Do This! There are children in your community who need the warmth and guidance of a family. You can make a difference, be a foster parent. Welcome these children into your family to provide safety, stability and love.


Are you an organization or business that is looking to serve the family? Becoming a sponsor at the Elevate Your Marriage seminar can expose your organization to hundreds of families in just one single impactful day. Best of all sponsorship is easy, affordable and currently available!

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