Building Families of Faith

.Building Families of Faith: Forming Christians to loving the Lord from Generation to Generation

Sponsored by: The Robert E. Webber Center and the Anglican Family Forum, part of the ACNA’s CFC (Committee for Catechesis)

January 17-19 | $100 through December 18th ($150 after December 18th)

Anglican Family is a working group of the Anglican Church in North America Committee on Catechesis. We are dedicated to the renewal of families for the flourishing of church and society through the resourcing of clergy, lay leaders, and parents in the work of faith formation.

Our speakers for this year’s gathering will look at a variety of ages and stages, ranging from parenting small children, to talking about the faith with our teenagers, to the roles both home and church play in the catechetical process.

Early registration fee $100 through December 18th


Trevecca Okholm

Trevecca Okholm is Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California. She is a Certified Christian Educator in the Presbyterian Church/USA and was a professional Christian educator and ministry to children and families for over twenty-five years before moving into academia where she teaches courses on effective teaching in the church and family development and ministry. She also serves the church as a family ministry consultant, speaker for parent groups and retreats, and as an unofficial trainer/facilitator for Godly Play/Children and Worship models of faith formation. Trevecca is author of Kingdom Family: Re-Envisioning God’s Plan for Marriage and Family (Cascade, 2012). Other publications include various articles and book chapters addressing ministry with children and families. She serves on the board of The Society for Children’s Spirituality. Trevecca has an MA in educational ministry from Wheaton Graduate School.

The implications of the church being “the family of God,” together and intergenerational worship and learning experiences are are areas of passion for Trevecca. She has researched Christian faith formation of children and the role of parents and grandparents in the faith formation process.

On a personal note, Trevecca has been married for nearly 45 years to her best friend and partner in ministry, Dennis Okholm who is also a professor at Azusa Pacific University and ordained as a priest in the Anglican Church in North America, C4SO diocese. They have two adult children, one amazing son-in-law, and two delightfully adorable granddaughters.

Dan Dupee

Dan Dupee is chairman of the board of the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO), a campus ministry working annually with over 32,000 college students on 141 campuses.  Dan served as the CCO’s President for 17 years from 1999 to 2016.  Dan and his wife Carol are grateful parents of two sets of twins: 25-year-old sons–Jack and Spencer–and 21-year-old daughters–Eliza and Annie.

Dan’s book, It’s Not Too Late: the Essential Part You Play in Shaping Your Teen’s Faith was published by Baker Books in 2016.  The book combines research, years of experience with college students, including his own, and biblical wisdom.  Of the book, Tremper Longman, professor of Biblical studies at Westmont College says, “Every parent ought to read this book!”  Dan Allender adds, “Dan guides us to neither give in to the need to micromanage or justify cowardly detachment.”

Dan and Carol live in the north hills of Pittsburgh.

The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Warren

The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Warren is originally from Atlanta.  He serves as Co-Associate Rector at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh with his wife Tish, author of Liturgy of the Ordinary. After attending seminary at Gordon-Conwell and finishing a Ph.D. in Church History at Vanderbilt University, Jonathan ministered to grad students and faculty with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin. He and Tish were ordained as priests in the Anglican Church in North America in March of 2014. Jonathan loves to introduce others to riches of the Scripture and the ancient church. He maintains a dilettantish interest in urban planning and architecture, and he enjoys hiking, running, and hanging out with Tish and his two daughters, Raine and Flannery.

Leslie Thyberg

Dr. Leslie F. Thyberg has over thirty-five years of teaching experience—ranging from preschoolers to prison inmates to graduate students. Currently Leslie teaches courses having to do with catechesis, pedagogy, and spiritual formation at Trinity School for Ministry and Nashotah House Theological Seminary. She is a member of ACNA’s Committee for Catechesis as well as serving on the Anglican Family Working Group. The experience of raising three children concurrent with serving as the director of children and family ministry’s in a large urban parish definitely shaped Leslie’s passion for family life as a spiritual discipline. She is currently part of the leadership team at Anglican Church of the Incarnation, which currently meets in an art gallery above a bar/restaurant in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Her role there is to create weekly interactive worship and prayer stations as well as on-going support for families with children and youth. She lives in an interdenominational, intentional Christian community in Pittsburgh’s east end with her husband, 4 cats, and a half dozen backyard chickens.

Wednesday, January 17th
3 pm Registration opens
7 pm Opening Forum
9:30 pm Optional Pub Club at the Bridgetown Taphouse


Thursday, January 18th
8:30 am Morning Prayer
9 am Gathering 1:  Jonathan Warren.  (Balancing home and work; the challenges of being a parent and a priest)
11 am Break
11:15 am Breakout sessions and conversation
12 pm Noonday Office
12:15 pm Lunch
1:45 pm Gathering 2: Daniel J. Dupee.  (Parenting and discipling teenagers)
3 pm Break
3:30 pm Workshops (TBA)
4:30 pm Evening Prayer
5 pm Dinner break
7 pm Gathering 3: Trevecca Okholm  (Re-Envisioning God’s Plan for Marriage and Family)
9:30 pm Optional Pub Club at the Bridgetown Taphouse


Friday, January 19th
8:30 am Morning Prayer
9 am Gathering 4: Leslie F. Thyberg (How can church and home collaborate together when it comes to catechesis and mission?)

Who: Pastors, priests, practitioners (Christian Ed. directors, Sunday School teachers, catechists, parents)

What: A 2-day conference on catechesis with a focus on the family

Where: Trinity School for Ministry

When: January 17-19, 2018

Cost: $100 through December 18th ($150 after December 18th)