Ministering in an Age of Trauma Conference

Thank you for joining us!

Refreshments are located in the cafe area. A hydration station is located next to the restrooms.


Welcome Message-- 8:30am




11:30am--12:30pm off-campus Lunch Break 




Q&A Speaker Panel

Conclusion-- 4:30pm


Vancouver Mall is roughly 3 miles away. There are several dine-in, take-out, and drive-thru options around the mall area: Red Robin, Chipotle, Chick-fil-a, Hudson's at Heathman Hotel, Olive Garden, Sri Thai Cuisine, Burgerville, Noodles and Company, Oishi Sushi, Outback Steakhouse, Five Guys, etc.

Places to eat are also near Costco which is about 2 miles away: Subway, Taste of China, Starbucks, Black Rock Coffee, Taco Bell, Panda Express, Burger King, Wendy's, etc.


Byron Kehler

2020: It won't be over when it's over

You experienced a trauma this last year, as did every other member of your congregation. For a few it was a new experience, but for most it reactivated old wounds that may have laid dormant for years. The psychological impact of trauma is profound and pervasive, and this shared trauma will have an impact on the health of the church for years to come. This collective trauma experience provides the church a rare opportunity to minister to the deepest of needs within our faith communities. In order to minister effectively to these present and past hurts we must have a trauma informed church leadership.

Danny Clinton

Dragons and Dandelions: Learning to Face Struggles with Vulnerability and Curiosity

As church leaders, our communities need to see us be vulnerable (facing our dragons) as well as spend time in the weeds of everyday real life (dandelions) with people. Neither can be done without first entering these vulnerable, curious places within ourselves. This means we need to go both first and last, admitting how lonely, scary and breathtaking each step is along the way. Because wholeness is worth it. They are worth it. I am worth it.

Evie & Kevin Kent

What Trauma Survivors Need from the Church

Kevin and Evie Kent both grew up in the church, and both experienced childhood abuse that went unacknowledged and untended until adulthood.  In “What Survivor’s Need From the Church”, they share their personal and combined story of healing, what survivors of abuse need from the church, and the pivotal role our faith communities can take in supporting those with past trauma.

Marc Alan Schelske

Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge: The Desperate need for a Hermeneutic of Emotions

Pastors all know that a person’s hermeneutic shapes what they see in scripture. The same thing is true for emotions. Many of our people are laboring under false views of emotions that are hurting them and damaging our churches. If we teach people that emotions are a God-given part of life, they will be able to experience their emotions without shame and fear, seek help when needed without stigma, and gain benefit of the God-given wisdom that is found in a life where emotions are integrated rather than avoided.

Cheryl Baker

Safe and Brave Spaces

What does a trauma-informed community look like? Is the church healing or hurting? Identifying pain points in your life can help you break free from anxiety, get unstuck, build deeper relationships and change unproductive life patterns. At Refuge, a transformational group through Imago Dei Community, we find healing in community through a transformative process of self-examination, sharing, encouragement and accountability.  In Refuge groups, we find trust, support, and accountability while walking with others who are experiencing similar life struggles.  We strive to be a safe place where our pain and our struggles are met by Christ’s love and grace. 

Dr. Ken Logan

Remembering How God Heals: Relational Attachment and Relevant Trauma Informed Care

There are more individuals who walk into church each week who have gone through significant trauma in their lives than you would ever imagine. When facing the inevitable reality of this in our church communities, we may end up being quite irrelevant in our caring. Sometimes we may even reinjure people in our attempt to help. The problem: A lack of knowledge and wisdom about trauma and how it impacts people and changes a person’s ability to relate to others. This talk aims at helping ministers and Christ followers become more trauma-informed, thus allowing the community of Christ to affirm and more relevantly contribute to the healing process of those seeking it.

Q&A Panel

All Speakers

Please text your questions to 360-217-9031 and include your name (optional).

As a recommendation, consider questions that begin with "how" or "what". If you have a specific speaker you'd like to respond, please specify this in the text. Please feel welcome to text anytime throughout the conference and before the panel begins.

Non-texting option: please submit your question(s) at the designated station.


"Question is for.." [speaker(s)'s name or type "open" if you don't mind who answers]

Question: "How...." or "What...."

[Your name]


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And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

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