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“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”

2 Peter 1:3

In this passage, Peter urges his listeners to press on in the faith with the assurance that God has already given them everything they need in the person and work of Jesus Christ. His words are life-giving to those who feel the pressures and temptations of the world around them.

We can find hope in these same words today.

Our world offers many answers to life’s problems, but nothing compares to the hope found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, revealed to us through the Word of God, made alive through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and lived out within the community of the Church. It is the foundation of everything we do.

Please join us on March 21-22, 2023 for our annual conference at Hope Bible Church in Oakville, Ontario, where we will be reminded of everything God has given us to live out the mission we are called to.

Our prayer is that you will be encouraged and equipped for the vital work of biblically caring for one another.



Tuesday March 21st, 2023 1:00pm-8:00pm
Wednesday March 22nd, 2023 9:00am-4:00pm


Hope Bible Church
500 Great Lakes Boulevard
Oakville, Ontario



Early-bird discount ends on January 20, 2023 – use code EARLYBIRD during checkout


Cost is $139 for 1 night

Or you can call hotel reservation desk at 905-631-7000 and use block code:  CBCC

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the Conference for?

Whether you are serving in full-time ministry or volunteering in your local church, caring for one another is essential to the Christian life. The content of the conference is designed to encourage and equip those who are seeking to grow in their ability to biblically care for others.

What is the CBCC?

Founded in 2015, the Canadian Biblical Counselling Coalition exists to advance biblical counselling in Canada by creating awareness and encouraging the entire Church to grow in the practice of speaking God’s truth in love, through one another care.

Who Qualifies for the Student Discount?

If you are currently enrolled in post-secondary studies (either part-time or full-time), or if you are currently taking a Certification course through ABC, ACBC, or another organization, then you qualify for the Student rate.

Can I book an Exhibitor Booth for this Conference?

If your ministry or organization is interested in having a booth at the conference, please fill out the following form HERE (space is limited).


all times are Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Date and TimeDescription
Tuesday, Mar 21
1:00-2:00pmCheck in
2:00-3:00pmSession 1 “Everything we Need … in the Person of Christ”
3:00-3:30pmRefreshments, Fellowship and Networking
3:30-4:30pmSession 2 – Panel Discussion
4:30-6:30pmDinner Break
6:30-8:00pmSession 3 “Everything we Need … in the Word of God”
Wednesday, Mar 22
8:30-9:30amGathering and Refreshments
9:30-10:30amBreakout Series 1
10:30-11:00amRefreshments, Fellowship and Networking
11:00-12:00pmSession 4 “Everything we Need … with the Holy Spirit”
12:00-1:30pmLunch Break
1:30-2:30pmBreakout Series 2
2:30-3:00pmRefreshments, Fellowship and Networking
3:00-4:00pmSession 5 “Everything we Need … among the People of God”

Main Speakers

Norm Millar is the Senior Pastor at Redemption Bible Chapel.

Before going into ministry, Norm had an 18-year career in computer software design and project management.

Norm obtained his MDiv from The Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles. In 2000, he planted, with 30 others, SouthWest Community church in London, Ontario, which eventually became Redemption Bible Chapel. Redemption Bible Chapel is excited to be a member church in The Great Commission Collective (GCC). Norm graduated in May 2017 with his DMin (focus on preaching) from Southern Seminary.

Norm has been married to Cindy for 43 years, and they have five children and 17 grandchildren.

David Robinson has served as pastor of Grace Bible Church in Cambridge, Ontario, for the past 27 years.

David is thankful to serve as a Board member of the Canadian Biblical Counselling Coalition, as the Director of the Graduate Certificate of Biblical Care and Counselling at Heritage College and Seminary, and as a lecturer at Carey International Pastoral Training.

David has been married to Eva for 27 years, and they have 3 children and one grandson.

Kirk Giles is the Co-Lead Pastor of Forward Church, a multi-site church based in Waterloo Region. In this role, Kirk oversees the church’s discipleship, leadership development, and care ministries.

Kirk has been serving in Christian ministry leadership in the local church and national parachurch organizations for over twenty years. Kirk’s great passion is to see people set free by God’s grace so they grow to love God and follow Jesus as a way of life.  

Kirk has been married to Shannon for almost thirty years, and they have four adult children.

Matt King is a lead pastor at Harvest Church Bracebridge.

Matt also serves on the board of the Canadian Biblical Counselling Coalition and is the Executive Director for a non-profit geared towards care for congregants, pastors, and missionaries.

Matt is passionate about seeing how theology and clinical care overlap.

Matt has been married to his amazing wife, Becky, for 13 years, and they have four wonderful kids. 


God’s Intimate Care in the Losses of Life

Betty-Anne Van Rees

In this session, Betty-Anne will share how we can sense God’s presence and care, as we learn to live in a world that threatens to overwhelm us with loss.

Starting a Biblical Counselling Ministry in Your Church

Rick Walton

In this session, Rick will provide some practical steps and guidance on how to start a biblical counselling ministry in your local church.

Dealing with Loneliness

Jennifer Winger

Loneliness is a common human experience, but do we actively talk with others about their experiences with loneliness? Do we even look for it, except in the most obvious of circumstances? In this session, Jennifer will talk about how a gospel community is equipped to love others during these difficult times.

Counselling Discouragement, Discontentment and Despair

Cam Barnard

In this session, Cam will guide us in how we can graciously and lovingly encourage those who have journeyed down the spiral of discontentment, discouragement and into despair.

Applying Scripture to Every Need

Shannon Liebold

In this session, Shannon will teach on how the Scriptures comprehensively and sufficiently reveal all we need through the life-giving power of the gospel in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Learn how the Word of God speaks to 10 common struggles and sins.

Counselling Marital Conflict from James 4

Nathan Penny

Conflict within marriage is a frustrating, draining, and difficult reality – it is also the most common reason husbands and wives will seek counselling. In this session, Nathan will share how James speaks directly to the heart of the issue with great clarity, and provides a powerful roadmap towards reconciliation.

Biblical Foundations for Trauma-Informed Care

Jason Kovacs

Trauma has become a kind of buzzword in our society. Sometimes words like these even become watered down until they lose their meaning. But trauma is real, and studies show that 70% of North Americans have experienced a traumatic event in their lifetimes. In this session Jason Kovacs will look at trauma from a biblical, Christ-centered perspective.

Help for those Addicted to Pornography

Curtis Heaton

Pornography addiction is something rarely talked about in churches today, but the problem is only getting worse. How can we bring hope and help to those caught in the snare of pornography addiction? In this session, Curtis will look at some of the ways we can help others find true freedom in Christ.

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