This Is Us - Marriage & Family Conference

You may have noticed that there is a one-word difference from last year to this year: "family." No, that doesn't mean you should bring your kids. We still think you need a weekend away. But we recognize a need to invest in both our marriages and our parenting.


You'll be staying in one of our hotel style lodges - Mountain View or Woodland depending on the track you pick. Each room has two full beds and a private bathroom. You can plan on each room having your necessary linens (pillows, pillowcases, sheets, comforter, and spare blankets) as well as the bathroom having a hand towel, water cups, soap, shower towel, washcloth and shower mat. We do this to serve you by limiting what you need to bring. Further, you'll have three meals on Saturday and one meal on Sunday in Kenbrook's dining hall. Guests describe the food as 5-star restaurant quality and we pride ourselves on the selection, variety and freshness of the cuisine. If you have food allergies please note it during the online registrations process (or contact Chef Patrick at ) and we'll contact you in order to accommodate your needs. Downloadable Packing List. 

Kenbrook has a beautiful gymnasium - perfect for playing volleyball or basketball during a break. Upstairs is a game room with a pool table, ping pong, air hockey, foosball and more.

Kenbrook is 100 acres in total with a little more than half of it covered in hiking trails. These trails are open for your use and you can obtain a map during check-in at the conference. Downloadable Map.



Worship Leader - Kyle Martin
Kyle helps to lead worship at Manheim Brethren in Christ Church and various other places around the Lancaster County area. He is married to his wife Gina and they have 3 wonderful children.


Blended Family Track Presenter - Dr. John Reitz
John will be leading our Blended Families Track. He and his beloved wife Terry live the life of a blended family. John is a pastor at The Bridge Church, speaker, professional counselor with Shelter Cove Counseling in Hershey, PA.


Parenting Track Presenter - Daena Longenecker, LMFT
Daena has a private Marriage and Family Therapy practice in Mount Joy. Daena has experience as a speaker at women’s retreats, teen conferences and other church events. Prior to this, she worked as a Secondary Social Studies teacher and a stay at home mom who homeschooled for 15 years.


Parenting Track Presenter - Lauren Beer
With a degree in Church and Family Ministry, Lauren served as a Children Pastor for 10 years. After sensing God's call out of full-time church ministry, she recently accepted a position in Guest Services management at Sight & Sound Theaters in Lancaster, Pa.


Parenting Track Presenter - James Black
As President of Life Strategy Consultants that focus their counseling technique with a systemic approach, James brings more than 18 years of experience providing counseling services. James also has background working in Behavioral Services and in Adoption and Foster Care programs. Life Strategy Consultants has locations in Myerstown, Hummelstown and New Cumberland.



Registration and Check-in begins at 6:30 pm on Friday (January 11)

Our first activity is at 7:45 pm (so try to arrive and check in by 7:30 pm)

Check Out is from 11:00 - 11:45 am on Sunday (January 13)

Downloadable Schedule



Early Bird Registration (until November 30) - $115/person

Registration (until December 31) - $125/person

Late Registration (until January 10) - $140/person


One Day (2 Meals/2 Sessions) - $45.00/person

Two Day (3 Meals/3 Sessions) - $55.00/person

Three Day (4 Meals/4 Sessions) - $65.00/person


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