know your story, shape your future

You have a story - a story worth being told and known.  It is this story that most influences and shapes your outlook on life, your style of relating to others, and the decisions you make.  There is power in your story.  Yet we often overlook our own stories, unable to face them or see them clearly.  We act out of our stories of brokenness and pain without naming their impact on us.  These are the stories that keep us bound to unhealthy ways of relating to ourselves, to others, and to God - the same stories we must engage in order to find freedom.

Join Dr. Dan B. Allender in exploring how our story shapes our faith, understanding self, relationships, and engagement in everyday life.  By delving into your story, you will be able to explore how your life experiences have shaped who you are today.  And by exploring the complexities of your story, you will discover the true goodness of relationships, delight, and love that God desires for you.


  • WHEN: Friday, March 17 - Saturday, March 18 (Please click here for the full schedule)
  • WHERE: Open Door Presbyterian Church Worship Center
  • COST: $70 until February 19, $80 thereafter (No discounts are being awarded at this time).  The cost of the conference includes light refreshments and children's programming.
  • REGISTRATION: Registration is being conducted through The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. Click here to be re-directed to their website to register.

  • CHILDREN'S PROGRAM: Click here to register via Fellowship One
    A children's program is available for families who regularly attend ODPC. Similar to the adult program, our children will learn about their own story. The cost is free, but we kindly ask that you register your child(ren) by Sunday, March 12 for planning purposes.

    Registration will take place via our Fellowship one system. For those who have an account (e.g. via VBS registration), there is no need to create a new one. To create a new account, please contact Director Stephanie and she will help you register.

    On Friday evening, parents will check in at the EC Worship Center Welcome Desk.Drop off and pick up will be upstairs in Room 222.

    On Saturday morning, there will be a light continental breakfast available for all participants (including children) but lunch will be on your own. All parents will pick up their children after the 2nd morning session before dropping them off again for the afternoon sessions. The children will also receive a snack during their program. If your child has any allergies, please feel free to pack them a snack.

    We hope to see your child(ren) at the conference!

Questions?  Contact the church office.

dr. dan b. allender

guest speaker

Dr. Dan Allender received his Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University.  He currently serves as the founding President and Professor of Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in Seattle, Washington.

Dan travels and speaks extensively to present his unique perspective on sexual abuse recovery, love and forgiveness, leadership, Sabbath, and other related topics. He is the author of numerous books including The Wounded Heart, The Healing Path, Intimate Allies, To Be Told, Leading with a Limp, Sabbath and God Loves Sex.

Click here to learn more about Dan.