CBCC 2023 Conference

“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 Spirt, 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.

With love in Christ,

The Canadian Biblical Counselling Coalition

Registrations before January 20 can receive a 10% discount – use code EARLYBIRD during checkout

Be sure to stay up-to-date HERE for ongoing conference updates.

More details will be released in the New Year, but we are excited to announce one of our main speakers:

Norm Millar

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, 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.

Counting Down The Days Until We See You!

Decisions have been complicated in this season when we have had no way of knowing if plans will actually come to fruition. Our decision to go ahead with this year’s conference was made in faith and we are all a little bit surprised to see that it is actually going to happen! We are so looking forward to connecting with you in just days now.


David Robinson grew up in London, Ontario. After graduating from Redeemer College University and Mid-America Reformed Seminary, he was called as pastor to Grace Bible Church in Cambridge in 1995. He has served at GBC since then and continues to be thankful for God’s kindness to the GBC church family over the years. David serves on the Canadian Biblical Counselling Coalition Board, speaks in various countries for Carey International Pastoral Training and is the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Biblical Care and Counselling at Heritage College and Seminary in Cambridge.

Glen Slingerland the Executive Director of Insight Biblical Counselling. In addition to leading the ministry, he counsels individuals, couples and families, and supervises the biblical counselling team. Glen has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from Brock University and a Master of Arts in Biblical Counselling from Westminster Theological Seminary. While in Philadelphia, he completed a two-year internship with Harvest USA. Glen worked as a counsellor and counselling director at Elisha House for 12 years. He is a vocational elder in his church and has led a variety of group studies and seminars there as well as at other local churches.

Betty-Anne Van Rees. Fueled by her passion to see the Canadian church convinced and equipped to care for souls through the living Word (both Incarnate and inspired), Betty-Anne serves on the BCC, the Canadian BCC, in counselling and teaching roles at Heritage College and Seminary and in her local church. The roles closest to Betty-Anne’s heart are mom to Laura, Joshua and his wife Jenni, and grandma to Emma and Ethan.

Matt King is the Pastor of Soul Care at Harvest Muskoka. He has a passion for helping hurting people reframe their thinking. His favourite type of biblical counselling approach is the Intensive format, which is a 3 day experience for individuals wanting to experience healing and walking in the fullness of God’s design for them. He recently became the executive director of a Christian non for profit focused on faith-based counselling. When he is not in the counselling room, you can find him with his wife and three children, hopefully watching a rugby game.

Jenn Martin is the founder of Ministry to Women Biblical Counselling and serves on staff as a Biblical Counsellor and Director of Ministry to Women at Calvary Baptist Church, Oshawa Ontario. She is a certified Biblical Counsellor through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). Jenn and her husband Greg have 3 adult children and together enjoy family, home roasted coffee, good books and serving the Lord in their local church. You can connect further with Jenn at www.ministrytowomen.com.

Nathan Penny is the Pastor of Soul Care Ministries at Hope Bible Church Oakville, and a CBCC board member. Nathan and his wife Natasha, and their two children, reside in Waterdown Ontario. Nathan’s beard is significantly more impressive these days thanks to the pandemic.


We have been able to make arrangements with Sandman (1-800-SANDMAN) for a reduced rate ($119) at their hotel near Hope Bible Church. In order to obtain this rate, you must make your reservation by March 22nd. This code (#175226) will give you access to the special rate.

View the agenda on our 2022 conference page

Welcome! CBCC 2022 Gospel Conversations Conference

We are so excited to use that one word “welcome” to invite you to our in-person 2022 CBCC Conference March 22-23 at Hope Oakville. We want to welcome you to join in our conversation on Emotions, knowing we exist in a time of many heightened emotions. How do we process and talk about emotions? We also want to welcome you to join others to encourage and network after a difficult two years, for many who have been isolated. It will be a joy to be together once again.

We know that we may not be able to welcome everyone in-person so we will also have an online (livestream) option. You are welcome to join us, watch the sessions, and there may be opportunities for interaction and connection. We are no longer alone in the conversation of Biblical Counselling in Canada as there is much interest in caring for one another from God’s Word.

You will notice some changes. Our conference will take a more simple approach. You will notice all of our speakers are local Canadians who have a heart for Biblical Care. We trust you will grow and be encouraged as you hear from them. Our refreshments will be simple yet delicious, still having plenty of time to meet others. Meals will be off site so we encourage you to invite someone new for a gospel conversation.

There will still be a lot that has not changed. You will still register and pay the 60$ cost online. We will learn together, sing together and grow in caring for one another and understanding our emotions.

To be truthful, we are just thankful to be together and welcome you to join us after some time apart.

We continue to be thankful for the hospitality provided by Hope Oakville. They have been gracious hosts in the past and their enthusiasm to serve continues to be an encouragement and model for us all. We have much confidence they will serve us well, even in these uncertain times, providing us a safe and encouraging place to have conversations.

So, welcome. Welcome March 22-23 to be part of a growing and necessary conversation in Canada – a movement that courageously counts the cost to learn to care for the broken, the wandering, the suffering and the hurting.

Thank you for joining our conversation this March, whether in-person or online. For more information and to sign up, please visit https://biblicalcounselingcanada.ca/2022-conference/

On behalf of the CBCC Board

David Robinson

The Lord has been gracious to us

We have been granted charitable status!

The implications for the future are significant and we want to invite you to celebrate with us, the kindness of God to move our charitable application forward in a timely manner so we may now collect and receipt financial gifts to serve the movement of Biblical Care and Counseling in Canada.

Our hearts are for the spread of God’s gospel and practical care to the hurting in our churches and neighbourhoods. God continues to be at work on behalf of our mission to promote personal change centred on the person of Christ through the public and personal ministry of God’s word.

In the past, the CBCC Board has had opportunities to provide resources and promote Biblical Care through Conferences and Connections. For this we are thankful. However, as a volunteer Board, we have been acutely aware of our limitations and the need to employ an Executive Director who would be able to take a more active lead in fulfilling the mandate of CBCC and connecting with churches and individuals.

Thank you for your continued support for the ministry of the CBCC. The implications of this announcement are significant. We would be grateful if you would join us in praying for God’s leading in the decisions laying before us. If you would like to make a receiptable donation, please email us at canadianbcc@gmail.com.

We have so much to give thanks for in these past 7 years. Thank you for praising our faithful Father with us as we celebrate His goodness.

With thankfulness,
CBCC Board

Some great biblical counseling book deals


Greetings Conference Registrants and Friends,

A very Happy Easter to all of you! The cancellation of our National Biblical Counseling Conference was a difficult one but we want to continue to support you as you seek to counsel wisely to one another and to the Body of Christ.

We are therefore pleased to announce that in partnership with the Reformed Book Services (our bookstore at the conference) we are going to be offering the many books we would have seen and promoted at the conference for you, through an online sale. We are extremely blessed to have this opportunity and that the bookstore would partner with us in this way. Several of our biblical counseling resources are available to purchase at discounted prices! In addition, if you use the code CBCC20 and you are among the first 30 people to order your books -you will receive Stephen Yuille’s book “The Path of Life: Blessings in Seasons of Lament “ FREE. As well, if you order $100 worth of books before taxes you will receive free shipping within Canada.

Please use this link provided to read more from our partners at the Reformed Book Services

CBCC 2020 Book Clearance offer

This is a wonderful opportunity to partner together during this season.
We pray you and your family many blessings as you celebrate this Easter and safely fellowship with one another as the bride of Christ.

Jennifer Winger on behalf of the CBCC Board


How ARE you doing?

How are you doing? No really … how ARE you doing?

Our disappointment regarding cancelling our plans to serve you and God’s church have paled in significance in these most recent days as we absorb the immensity of global events. Clearly God has much bigger plans for His church in these days than our little conference. At the same time, we want you to know, we are sorry not to be sharing fellowship with you this week. There really is deep disappointment in this loss and it is good for us to acknowledge it.

When we made the decision to cancel, we were exercising ‘choice’ … or so we thought. Today we know that there was no choice in it at all. With world leaders working to discern how to protect their people and their economies, it has become necessary that decisions like the one we made, be made for us. With those overwhelming measures of leadership comes an increasing awareness of the gravity of the situation. So … how ARE you really doing?

Are you finding ways to keep your heart rooted in the One who sees it all and holds it all in the palm of His hand? There is something utterly breathtaking about recognizing that God can use something microscopic – unseen to the naked eye – to capture the attention of virtually every human on the planet. As God’s children, we will serve Him best if we can push that microscopic organism aside in order to see our good Father with greater clarity. Rather than looking to God through the lens of coronavirus, we want to look at the coronavirus through the lens of God. What is He doing in His world? The worst thing we could do at this time is miss the answer to that question.

Will you pray with us that God’s people – His church scattered – will lift their hearts and eyes to heaven and let Him guide us in responding to a global pandemic? There are no books for this, except The Book and we’ve never searched its pages for THIS. It’s time to be searching. We are asking the Lord to guide us all as we seek to proclaim and display His great glory to a world that has been knocked completely off all artificial foundations. Oh that the lost would see His glory in His church and long for the one sure foundation that cannot be shaken.

Though we can’t share time together this week, you are on our hearts. We are praying for you in these ways:

  • That your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Phil 1:9-10)
  • That you will experience the reality of being sheltered as under God’s pinions and choose to find refuge under His wings; that you will know beyond the shadow of a doubt His faithfulness as your refuge and buckler (shield/protection).
  • That you will be receiving from God abiding comfort in all your afflictions so that you may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort that you have received from Him.

If there are other ways we could be praying for you at this time, please let us know. It would be our privilege to share in God’s ministry to you in these days.

Some of you made the sacrificial choice to relinquish your registration fee to support the ongoing ministry of CBCC. We are deeply humbled and grateful for your gift. Will you pray for wisdom for us to use it in new and meaningful ways, while the normal ways we serve the Canadian church are unavailable to us.

With heartfelt gratitude for you,
Betty-Anne Van Rees on behalf of the CBCC board


CBCC 2020 Conference has been cancelled

Beloved brothers and sisters,

As events continue to unfold here in Canada, I’m sure you’ve been asking yourself about our upcoming CBCC 2020 conference.

The CBCC board met this evening, and in consultation with Hope Bible Church we have made the difficult decision to cancel our March 24-25, 2020 conference.

For some this announcement may be a relief, for others it represents disappointment. As a board, we share both of these emotions, and we grieve the time we would have had together.

Our annual conference generates the majority of our annual budget, and as a result we now find ourselves trusting God in how He will provide for us this coming year. In the next week or two, you will receive another e-mail with various refund options for conference fees.

We want you to know that as a board, we love God, we trust Him, and we see His sovereign control in the midst of these events. Like you, we do not know how events will unfold in the coming weeks, but we are fully confident in the provenance of our Lord.

We were encouraged and challenged recently by this excellent blog post by Alasdair Groves. Let it encourage you also in the days ahead.

Cam Barnard on behalf of the CBCC Board

* To watch this letter in video form click here

2020 Conference Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions are a great way for you to explore together in a smaller group with the opportunity to interact and ask questions. In 2020 we have six different breakout sessions. The same six breakout sessions run twice during the conference so you have an opportunity to attend your top two choices.

Counselling from the Scriptures
Jason Kovacs
In this breakout, we will look at how to use Romans 6-8 to help counselees better understand sanctification and their relationship with Christ, self, sin, and their future.

Growing In What You Already Are
Colossians 1 & 2
Matt King
In this session, we will illustrate how to equip a counselee to walk in the victory that Christ has already won and rest in the identity they have already inherited.

Satisfying Our Thirst From Waters Bought Without Money
Isaiah 55:1-3a
Betty-Anne Van Rees
In this session we will consider the wildernesses that falsely offer what they cannot give and come to us at great personal cost, along side the fountain of living water that is offered to us at no personal cost and delivers abundantly.

Fighting for Joy Through Spiritual Disciplines
Nathan Penny
We all want to be filled with joy in God, and amazingly, that’s what God wants for us as well! So how do we chase down more joy? The path may be surprising… spiritual disciplines!

Rightly Handling the Word of Truth
Dr. Stephen Yuille
Biblical counsellors are called to speak the truth of God’s Word into the lives of God’s people. The purpose of this session is to consider how we can do this accurately, faithfully, and relevantly.

The Big Story of The Bible
Rev. David Robinson
What is the big story God tells in Scripture and how does that help us care for those who bring their small, broken and scattered stories into the coffee shop or the counselling room?


Join us March 24 – 25, 2020 at Hope Bible Church in Oakville, Ontario.

2020 Canadian Biblical Counseling Coalition Annual Conference
Tuesday March 24 and Wednesday March 25, 2020 – Oakville, Ontario
Gospel Conversations – Let’s Talk Counseling from the Scriptures

Mourning with Hope

Loss, brokenness, grief, death … despite the fact that every human life must face them, we live in a world that avoids these things at all costs. As a result we are often ill equipped to deal with these things in our own lives, and to minister to others going through them.

In our upcoming conference, Lee Lewis will address the topic of mourning with hope from the Psalms that each of us may be better equipped to weep with those who weep and to mourn with those who mourn.

When sin entered the world in Genesis 3 God’s created order was to the furthest degree fractured. As a result humans regularly encounter the effects of this brokenness. The believer in Christ has the unique ability to enter into the broken reality of sin, death, and loss, but with a heart grounded in hope. The Psalms like no other book of the Bible teach God’s people how to right express and respond to sorrow and brokenness, but in an honest, humble, and reverent need of the Father.


Join us March 24 – 25, 2020 at Hope Bible Church in Oakville, Ontario.

2020 Canadian Biblical Counseling Coalition Annual Conference
Tuesday March 24 and Wednesday March 25, 2020 – Oakville, Ontario
Gospel Conversations – Let’s Talk Counseling from the Scriptures

Quieting our souls in a world that lives loud

Without intentionality days or even weeks can go by without a quiet moment for reflection. If we are honest, it isn’t just that we ARE busy, it is that we WANT to be busy.

At our upcoming conference, Lee Lewis will speak on the art of quieting our souls from Psalm 131.

So often our souls can easily be filled with chaos and noise. Much of this comes from the fact that we live in a fallen world that is filled with toils, cares, and anxieties. This reality is also true because our hearts are easily tempted to look to things too great for us to solve, handle, or deal with. Psalm 131 uses these realities to show how the humble heart can navigate the cares and anxieties of the world by resting in the caring provision and relationship with the Father.


Join us March 24 – 25, 2020 at Hope Bible Church in Oakville, Ontario.

2020 Canadian Biblical Counseling Coalition Annual Conference
Tuesday March 24 and Wednesday March 25, 2020 – Oakville, Ontario
Gospel Conversations – Let’s Talk Counseling from the Scriptures