Saturday, October 20, 2018

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About Elevate Your Parenting

Whether you are a new parent or grandparent, you will probably agree there is no greater love than parenting and no harder job in the world.

Elevate Your Parenting is a day filled with fun coaching, friends, and real talk that will help you learn new strategies of love-based effective communication with your children.

Sponsor a table, fill it with your family and friends and let’s Elevate our parenting!

Elevate Children
Elevate Teens
Elevate Singles
Elevate Marriage


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 families in their 30 years of pastoral ministry, the Irelands enjoy using their graduate school education in the area of marriage and family to help parents achieve emotionally healthy families. Marlinda recently completed her Doctor of Ministry degree at Alliance Theological Seminary. They are frequent guest teachers at regional and national marriage and family seminars, couples retreats, and other venues designed to strengthen families. Through Dr. Ireland’s former radio program IMPACT, tens of thousands of families 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 28 years of pastoral ministry experience to restore and strengthen countless families 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, healthy families and they also lead the Christ Church pre-marital preparation program.
Marlize du Plessis

Marlize du Plessis

Creative and Cultural Director, The Father’s House

Each conversation with Marlize is promised to deposit timely and potent truth, delivered with her nourishing manner and a heart to see the local church and those in it flourish. Marlize is a speaker, pastor and mother; she leads TFH with her husband Pierre and together they have two children Chloe and Caleb, both students and part of the staff teams at The Father’s House.

The Father’s House is a growing, diverse, multisite church where Marlize serves on the Senior Executive Team. In addition to her role here, she is passionate about empowering others to live out their fullest potential at every stage and sphere of influence.

She leads a growing movement of Sisterhood through the local church, teaching women their true identity as daughters of God and loves “making room at her table” to foster relationships and mentor young leaders.

Franklin Santagate

Franklin Santagate

Executive Vice President, Pure Flix Entertainment

As a consummate communicator, Franklin is an articulate and dynamic speaker, who is comfortable delivering a presentation to an individual, small group, live audience of thousands or on the set of Christian television. His speaking journey has found him presenting keynote messages and presentations to leading companies such as Mercedes Benz, Microsoft and Frito Lay as well as noted celebrities such as Jane Fonda, Nolan Ryan and Phyllis George, plus a multitude of ministry conferences and churches in the United States and 15 other nations.

Santagate is a creative writer and author, penning ministry teachings, books, studies and curricula; strategic marketing plans, campaigns, and a plethora of media including internet, television, radio, newspaper and magazine ads, and more. One of his notable writing accomplishments is a proprietary strategic planning process, “The Power of the Plan”, based on the life of Jesus Christ. This planning process has been proven successful many times in his business practice.

Franklin’s ministerial and commerce leadership has been noted by government leaders where his invitations to various gatherings included President H.W. George Bush and Barbara Bush, the Vice President of Taiwan Lee Tung-hui and Chairman of the Board of Kabaka, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, King of the Kingdom of Buganda.

Mike Pagana

Mike Pagana

Marriage and Family Therapist, Wellsprings Counseling Center
Mike Pagana is a Licensed Minister of Pastoral Care and Board Certified Life Coach, and he has a heart to see men, couples, families, and their children experience a life of freedom and victory while establishing strong relationships, whether in a traditional or blended family. Already with a Masters of Science in Education and Masters of Arts in Pastoral Counseling, Mike is currently enrolled in the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program at Nyack College's Alliance Graduate School of Counseling, and he is doing his MFT internship at Wellsprings under the supervision of Armando Palazzo, MA, LPC (License # 37PC00374300). In addition, Mike has spent the past decade helping men, couples, and families heal from habitual or unwanted sexual behaviors. He has received sexual addiction training through the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) and looks to become a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) after obtaining licensure. Mike lives with his wife and four daughters on an organic blueberry farm in upstate New York.
Ivette Febo

Dr. Ivette Febo

Director of Accountability and Compliance University Heights Charter School
I have had the privilege of serving the Newark community in the capacity of a special education teacher for the last 17 years and most recently as the Director of Compliance for University Heights Charter School. I have a dynamic and resourceful professionalism with a genuine interest in students’ cognitive, social/emotional and overall growth. My goal is to foster quality relationships with students, community members and colleagues. I am a self-driven leader with excellent communication skills, who effectively collaborates with all staff members. I have completed my doctorate at Seton Hall University which has empowered me with the necessary skills and attributes that are geared towards education. I combine my strong passion for teaching with an expertise to motivate and inspire. For more information about Dr. Ivette Febo, visit

Reason to Attend



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



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



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



of all parents are finding it difficult to balance work and family life *(Pew Research Center)

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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8:00am – 10:30am


8:30am – 10:30am

Are We Doing This Right? & You Are Not Alone

11:00am – 12:00pm

Breakout Sessions: Blended Families, I Can Do This!, & The Balancing Act

12:00pm – 1:00pm


1:00pm – 3:30pm

Fun Time, Parenting in a Digital Era, We’re on the Same Team, & The Greatest Love



Where is the Elevate Your Parenting Seminar taking place?

Elevate Your Parenting 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 Parents Seminar?

The cost to attend is:

What is a sponsored table?

A sponsored table allows you and your family and friends to ensure you will all be seated together at your very own private table. It is also a great way to invite family and friends by having them join your table and make a fun day out of Elevate Parents!

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 parents, whether newly expecting or grandparents may attend the seminar. In fact, a significant number of seminar 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 Parenting 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, we have a fun-filled exciting day planned for your children! Last year, Elevate Kids was sold out and we expect the same this year. Make sure to register your kids ages walking to -11 early!


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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