Growing a Healthy Relationship Retreat

Growing a Healthy Relationship Retreat
Date Friday, February 19, 2021
7 - 9 p.m.
Saturday, February 20, 2021
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
FeaturingJeff Sanders, MDiv., and Mary Sanders, M.A.
Instructions for GuestsPlease park in the West Lot, which is the first one on the right after you enter campus.
RegistrationRegister by February 12. Space is limited! Register
SponsorsBethel's Office of Formation and Professional Development and John Brown University's Center for Healthy Relationships

Event Description

This two-day retreat is open to Seminary, CAPS, GS, and CAS students who are married, engaged, or seriously dating. This year's theme is Communication: Key to a Healthy Relationship. The cost covers retreat sessions, two meals, and all materials. The retreat also includes a required follow-up "Date Night" event, which includes a free dinner and special event plus a $30 gift card just for attending!

Schedule for Friday, February 19

7-7:15 p.m. | Check-In
7:15-8:45 p.m. | Session 1

Schedule for Saturday, February 20

9-9:30 a.m. | Breakfast available
9:30-10:30 a.m. | Session 2
10:45-11:45 a.m. | Session 3
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Lunch
12:30-1:30 p.m. | Session 4
1:30-2 p.m. | Retreat assessment


About the Retreat Speakers

Jeff and Mary Sanders make their home in St. Paul. They have been married for thirty-two years, are licensed marriage and family therapists, and have three adult daughters and four grandchildren. Jeff is an ordained minister and counselor and has served in pastoral and educational roles over the past twenty-six years. Mary is a therapist who has worked in various educational and therapeutic settings.

Jeff and Mary work with students at Bethel University and Seminary providing counseling resources and assisting students in their spiritual and personal formation. They teach in the areas of pastoral care, marriage and family therapy, and spiritual and personal formation.

The Sanderses believe that marriage is a journey. They are grateful to God for the many people who have journeyed with them over the past thirty-two years. They feel strongly about encouraging couples and believe that every couple and every marriage is unique.


Contact Lori Matchefts at or 651.638.6711.


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