Marriage Conference - Philidelphia, PA

“A Sabbath for your spouse…a day of connection.” That is how NAD Family Ministries Director Willie Oliver described the From This Day Forward (FTDF) conference held in Philadelphia on April 25th at the Renaissance Philadelphia Hotel Airport.

More than 60 couples gathered for the conference with the desire to improve their relationship. Some traveled from as close as Philadelphia and others from as far away as Florida. Attendees ranged from engaged couples to those who have been married for nearly half a century. Stephen Roberts and fiancé Kristi De Melo from Louisville, Kentucky made the journey to gather as many tools as possible for a successful marriage before their June 7th wedding.

Nicole and Joel Soto from the Capital City church in Albany, New York, who have been married for 2 ½ years, attended because they wanted to gain more knowledge and experience to fulfill their goal of one day leading out in their own marriage seminars.

After 49 years of marriage, veteran couple Jesse and Thelma Spencer from Philadelphia, still felt there was room for improvement in their marriage. “We never had any lessons prior to getting married, and we’re never too old to learn,” said Jesse Spencer.

Many churches brought large groups, such as the Chestnut Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church located in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania who was 8 couples strong. The Angaza Sharon Seventh-day Adventist Church in Newark, Delaware represented with 18 couples, all from the church’s marriage club.

by LaTasha Hewitt
LaTasha writes from Royersford, PA where she lives with her husband Andre and daughter Omara. She is the managing editor of a healthcare journal and attends Germantown Seventh-day Adventist Church in Philadelphia, PA.