APR 18-20, 2024 | Swansboro | North Carolina


Thursday, April 18

Join us for the welcome party at the Pug Pavilion on Swansboro Waterfront

Bring your lawn chair and listen to our live-music sing along, comedy skits, and pick up your registration materials.  Stroll along the harbor and grab ice cream or a beverage at The Bake Bottle and Brew.  Greet your fellow attendees and begin to unwind! 

LOCATION DETAILS: Pug Pavillion is on the Corner of Front Street & Church Street
 (102 W Church St). Park along Front Street, Church Street or any side streets. Parking is also available at the public lot across at 502 Church St.  You can also park at the Swansboro Town Hall on the corner of Church and Sabiston.

Friday, April 19

  1. Parenting Children Exposed to Alcohol During Gestation: Sandra Flach
  2. Keeping Your Marriage Afloat on Rough Seas: Tony and Venita Mitchell
  3. Hanging onto Jesus with All You Have While Single or Solo Parenting: Pastor Joy Bey
  4. Unlocking the Teen Brain: Dr. Melody Aguayo
  5. Change is Possible! Highlighting Strengths in Children through the Teaching Family Model: Nicolette Antoniuk

Lunch sponsored by Agape of NC, Foster Care Agency

  1. Overcoming Sexual Abuse: Trent and Pam Taylor
  2. Praying Against Generational Patterns in our Families: Betsy and Chester Kylstra
  3. Raising Children in Multicultural Families: Dr. Sharen Ford, Tony Mitchell
  4. Soul Care for Moms: Joyce Daylrymple
  5. Soul Care for Dads: Keith Fortier


Choose your Friday Afternoon Recreation Adventure Below! 

Take in one of our fun and relaxing recreation adventures. From exploring historic downtown, to a ferry ride across the waterway, we have something for everyone! Check out your options below!  Or, if you are just too worn out, take a beautifully long nap!

Take a five-minute drive to your parking where the dunes await!  A scenic 15-minute ferry ride will carry you out to Bear Island, a stunning nature preserve waiting for you.  Enjoy this barrier island, walk along the dune-lined beach, fly a kite and collect shells.  Your hosts Shann and Sarah will meet you out at the park and coordinate your trip.

Some of the best kayaking in the East is right here in Swansboro where the ocean meets the White Oak River.  Meet your guide Kelly at Pogies Kayaks where you will have a 2 hour kayak outing.  Paddle across to the many small islands and explore untouched beaches and wildlife.

Keith and Ben are ready to help you beat your best score at this entertainment center loaded with fun.  Find your inner child in an afternoon of sport: bowl a few games, conquer the pinball machine, ride the go-carts or play mini-golf. 


Walk down Front Street along the Swansboro waterfront and take in all the quaint historic buildings filled with boutiques and collectibles.  Stop for a repast at The Boro and browse the gorgeous homewares at Salt Marsh Cottage.  Coupons provided!


Many know Mark Schultz as the platinum-selling, award-winning artist whose career has spanned two decades with thirteen #1 hits. 

He’s garnered accolades like Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Album of the Year and has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Extreme Home Makeover, and CNN’s Morning Edition. But Mark would say that all of that pales in comparison to the honor of getting to share his own story of adoption with an audience. Mark was adopted when he was two weeks old and raised by loving parents. And, though he’s never met her, he’s grateful to his birth mother for giving him life. “She’ll always be a hero to me,” he says with a smile and tears in his eyes.

Mark’s hit single, “Everything to Me,” a song about his life and gratitude to his birth mother, was the centerpiece for Bethany Christian Services ministry to expectant mothers. “I wanted to write a song for birth mothers, so that they could hear how grateful I am to my own birth mom and how she made the choice to give me life.” Mark has a passion for benefit concerts because it’s a chance to tell his story and to give back to the very organizations that helped save his life. 

Mark and his wife Kate, who had two boys, Ryan and Gus, adopted their daughter, Maia Mae. “It’s amazing for me to be on this side of adoption,” says Schultz. “This love that I have for my daughter is like nothing else I’ve ever experienced. She and I have a very special bond.” Schultz and his daughter share the same initials, MMS. Most recently Mark and Kate adopted Ebby Lou who was adopted from the same adoption center that Mark was adopted from.  “And one day when both girls get a little older, I’ll be able to share my adoption story with them, too.”

APRIL 18-20, 2024


SWANSBORO, North Carolina

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