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2023 Conference Highlights

Updated: Dec 21, 2023




The 2023 NCCA Conference was held at the Hilton in Memphis, Tennessee, from Thursday, October 17th to Saturday. October 21, 2023.


THURSDAY Morning, October 19th SPECIAL EVENT


We had a “Day in Memphis” event. We went to the National Civil Rights Museum

, and it was awesome. We could have spent the whole day there. After we left the

museum, we had lunch at Charles Vergo’s Rendezvous Charcoal Ribs restaurant.


The food was delicious!


THURSDAY Evening, October 19th consisted of:

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION 7:30 PM-8:30 PM


FRIDAY, October 20th, we had a full day of sessions consisting of:


  • WELCOME ADDRESS was presented by Rev. Steven M. Baran, President.

  • SESSION 1 Counseling in a Culture of Faith Deconstruction was presented by Dr.Brett Travis.

  • SESSION 2 Callings: Counseling and Evangelism was presented by Dr. Brett

  • Travis.

  • SESSION 3: The Ins and Outs of Rejection was presented by Dr. Al Jones.

  • SESSION 4: The Power of Words was presented by Dr. Al Jones.

  • SESSIONS 5 and 6: Maximum Counseling Ministry With Minimal Liability were presented by Attorney David C. Gibbs.

  • SESSION 7: The Bible and the Counselor was presented by Dr. Charles Graham.

  • SPECIAL EVENT: 6:30 –8:30 was presented by SHAWN HARPER. Shawn shared his powerful story of overcoming adversity and fulfilling God’s call on his life.

SATURDAY, October 21st, we had a full day of sessions consisting of:


  • SESSION 8: Are You Living With Faith or Living in Fear? was presented by Dr. Phyllis Arno.

  • SESSION 9: Joint Session with the founders—was presented by Drs. Richard and Dr. Phyllis Arno.

  • SESSION 10 and 11: Maneuvers Through Unexpected Detours was presented by Dr. Doug Stringer.

  • SESSION 12 and 13: Healing From Abortion were presented by Dr. Abby Johnson.

  • SESSION 14: The Messy Stuff was presented by Pastor Belinda Gruber.

A BIG THANKS GOES TO….


Rev. Steve Baran, NCCA President, for his leadership abilities in lining up the

conference location and all the behind-the-scenes efforts that it takes to make a

conference a success. Rev. Baran was also the Master of Ceremonies and was

available to give guidance to our members on a one-on-one basis.


Jason Ferrell for all his work in helping to prepare for the conference and working

with the hotel staff during the conference.


Michael Andrews for his tech support as well as assisting the NCCA conference

attendees during the conference.


Mara Baran for doing a fantastic job laying out the conference notebook, as well

taking photos at the photo booth and assisting wherever she was needed.


Michael Dan, Linda Walker, Mark Winchell, Brian Colvin, and Erin Baran for

keeping the main headquarters open to service our members who were unable to

attend the conference.


Dr. Richard Arno for his cheerful presence during the conference.


And a very big THANK YOU to all of you who attended the conference in person

or virtually!


It was truly a JOY to be with you all!


Most of all, we would like to thank the Lord for anointing the conference. We

were all truly BLESSED!


MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF OUR NCCA FAMILY! MAY YOU

HAVE A BLESSED, JOYFUL CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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