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Saturday, October 16, 2021

About Elevate Your Marriage

Whether you are newly in love, or married for 50 years, you can probably agree that marriage is not always perfect but a work in progress that can benefit from mentoring and coaching.

Elevate Your Marriage is a day filled with fun coaching, friends and real talk that will help you to see that, together, you’re perfectly imperfect!

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

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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 www.DavidIreland.org
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.

Pierre and Marlize du Plessis

Pierre and Marlize du Plessis are the Senior Pastors of The Father’s House located in Rochester, NY. The Father’s House is a growing, diverse, multisite church welcoming thousands each weekend. Both are passionate about mentoring and empowering others to live out their fullest potential at every stage, using vivid illustrations mixed with humor and practical life application. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Pierre and Marlize relocated to the USA in 1999. Pierre’s experience and insight has provided him with the opportunity to serve on the boards of national organizations and travel internationally to speak in churches and at conferences. Marlize leads a growing movement of sisterhood, teaching women their true identity as daughters of God. Pierre and Marlize have been married for 27 years and have the privilege of serving with their two grown children, Chloe and Caleb, both students, and part of the staff team at The Father’s House.

Liz Colizza

Couples Therapist & Co-Creator of Lasting, the world's #1 Marriage Counseling App
Liz Colizza is passionate about relationships. She is a couples and parenting therapist in St. Louis, Missouri where she works as part of a team to provide holistic services to families in the area. In 2016, she partnered with an entrepreneur to develop a relationship app called Lasting. The mission of Lasting is to help people love better. Lasting is designed as a DIY counseling tool that can be used alone or as a supplement to in-person therapy. Liz currently works as Lasting's Head of Research and Programs spending her time researching and designing content. Liz has been married to Chris for 14 years and they have three children. Liz and Chris are both east coast natives, but relocated to St. Louis over ten years ago for Liz to attend seminary. They stayed in St. Louis after falling in love with their church community where they are both actively involved in leadership roles.

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.
Click here to read more at DailyRecord.com

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.
Click here to read more at CBN.com

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.
Click here to read more at DailyRecord.com



7:45 am

Doors Open

8:00 am - 8:30 am


8:30 am - 9:50 am


9:50 am - 10:30 am


10:30 am - 10:55 am


10:55 am - 12:15 pm

Breakout sessions

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm


1:30 pm - 2:00 pm


2:00 pm - 2:40 pm


2:40 pm - 3:20 pm


3:20 pm - 3:30 pm

Final Thoughts



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 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 programs be provided for my children?

Yes, but registration is very limited due to capacity and child/teacher ratios, so register soon!


Are there sponsored tables this year?

Yes, sponsored tables are a great way to get friends, neighbors, and coworkers all at the same table to laugh and learn together!


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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