Family Connect

January 31-February 1, 2020 – Denton Bible Church

Registration Deadline *EXTENDED* January 26th

Register for P3:18 January 25-26, 2019 – Camp Copass in Denton

Families Strengthened Families Restored


Teen Sessions


This event encourages students to understand that the things they love come from what they think about and believe. This session takes a hard look at what we truly care about. By looking at music, movies, and various other media, students are encouraged to observe what they currently love in comparison to what brings abundant, flourishing life.


We will encourage your students to think and live missionally. Jesus tells us if we want to gain life, we must give it away. Following Him means living a life of service and compassion. But in our culture of narcissism and self-promotion, what does that look like? This presentation will examine practical opportunities for students to move from apathy to compassionate action.

Parent Sessions

3 Keys

 In this session, we take a look at the world this next generation is embracing and living in while demonstrating practical approach to reaching the next generation through culture translation and family discipleship.


Examine the leading technologies that are discipling the next generation. Discover practical steps for how to use technology with wisdom

Combined Sessions

Alone Together: Examine leading technology and learn how to navigate through it together

Heart 2 Heart: A Connection Experience

Fun activities include Family Olympics

Lip Sync Videos

S’more Fun at the bonfire

 Previous Years’ Speakers

  • Dr. Kathy Koch
    Dr. Kathy Koch Celebrate Kids, Inc

    Dr. Kathy Koch (“cook”), the Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, TX, has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels, and other events.

    She is a featured speaker for the Great Homeschool Conventions and a regular presenter for Care Net, Summit Ministries, and other organizations. She speaks regularly at schools, churches, and pregnancy resource centers. She is also a popular guest on Focus on the Family radio and other radio talk-shows. Kirk Cameron chose her as the technology expert to interview in his movie, Connect: Real Help for Parenting Kids in a Social Media World. She has authored six books including four published by Moody Publishers.

    Dr. Kathy’s practical, relevant, and results-oriented concepts and engaging, honoring, and humorous speaking style draw enthusiastic raves from children, teens, parents, and educators. They leave her events armed with new beliefs, attitudes, practical tools, and increased hope to build healthy relationships and increase success in family, life, and school.

    Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University. She was a tenured associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a teacher of second graders, a middle school coach, and a school board member prior to becoming a full-time conference and keynote speaker in 1991. She has loved Jesus for years and her faith and desire to serve and glorify God is the foundation of her ministry.


  • Joshua Straub
    Joshua Straub LifeWay Christian Resources

    Joshua Straub, Ph.D., serves as Marriage and Family Strategist for LifeWay Christian Resources. He leads the Straub Co., a company equipping leaders, businesses, organizations, military and churches in family wellness. He also developed a leadership program and workshop called Famous at Home, which helps leaders create healthy rhythms at home so they can thrive on their stage. As a speaker, family advocate, and professor of child psychology / crisis response, he has trained thousands of professionals in Critical Incident Stress Management. Josh also speaks regularly for Joint Special Operation Command and at military bases across the country. He loves serving military families.

    Josh is also assistant professor for Liberty University’s School of Behavioral Sciences. He is author/ coauthor of four books including Safe House: How Emotional Safety is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead Well (2015) and God Attachment: Why You Believe, Act, and Feel the Way You Do About God (2010).
    Josh and his wife, Christi, together host the In This Together podcast and a weekly Facebook Live broadcast reaching tens of thousands of families. Together, they also lead 22:6 Parenting, a community of parents seeking to raise kids who love Jesus. Josh and Christi also wrote and coproduced The Screen-Balanced Family: 6 Secrets to a More Connected Family in the 21st century.

    He and Christi also serve on the Board of Directors for Exile International, a nonprofit organization that restores child soldiers and children orphaned by war to become
    leaders for peace through art therapy and holistic, rehabilitative care.
    Josh is certified as a Trained Trainer for Basic Group, Individual Crisis Intervention (CISM), and Managing School Crises with the International Critical Incident Stress
    Foundation (ICISF). Josh has used his experience and knowledge in the area of trauma to help people around the world, most notably in Rwanda recover from the 1994 genocide.

    A contributor to the Today Parenting Team, his articles have also appeared in The Washington Post, The Christian Post, Brain Science Magazine, and Christian Counseling Today, among others.
    Josh has two most cherished roles–as husband to wife, Christi, and dad to son, Landon and daughter, Kennedy.

  • Jason Fanning
    Jason Fanning Denton Bible Church

    Jason is the husband to Brittany and father of 2 boys, Cameron and Jordan. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas and Dallas Theological Seminary. Jason has served on staff at Denton Bible Student Ministry for the past 16 years, and is now pastoring the evening service at DBC. He is also the author of Dating Is Not for Marriage: Revolutionize how you date with three simple questions. 

    Jason’s passion is for the equipping of the next generation through sharing the word and sharing his life (1 These 2:8).

  • Jim and Austin Mann
    Jim and Austin Mann

    Austin Mann is 21 years old and a full-time student at UNT. He works for West Oak Coffee Bar and graduated from Liberty Christian School where he played football and wrestled. He serves as leader for Young Life at DHS and has ministered for the last four years as a wilderness guide and camp counselor at Sky Ranch (in Van, TX and Ute Trail, CO).

    Dr. Jim Mann is somewhat older, Austin’s father, and the Lead Pastor at New Life Church of Denton. Outside of his pastoral duties, he teaches seminary courses in New Testament at Liberty University and Colorado Christian University. His favorite thing to do is spend time with Christine (wife of 25 years) and kids, Austin and Reagan.

  • Jessie Minassian AUTHOR | SPEAKER

    Jessie Minassian is a popular speaker, blogger, and the author of twelve books and Bible studies, including Family: How to Love Yours (and Help Them Like You Back). She is the “resident big sis” at, a Q&A website for teen and college-age girls. Her work for teens and their parents has been featured internationally through outlets such as Focus on the Family, Parenting Today’s Teens, She Reads Truth, Axis, Revive Our Hearts and YouthWorker Journal. She and her husband live at Hume Lake, California, and have two daughters.

  • Amy Bruton
    Amy Bruton

    Amy grew up in Baltimore, MD.  She attended  West Virginia Wesleyan College on a basketball scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1986.  She was a flight attendant for Northwest Airlines until retiring in 1996 to devote her energies to ministry and her family.

    Amy is married to Joe Bruton.  They have 5 grown children and 11 grandchildren, and live in Argyle, TX, where Amy coached youth sports for 11 years and also served on the Board for the Denton area Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

    Amy has been an advocate at the Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center in Denton for 20 years.  She also has served on their Board of Directors for 13 years. She has been a guest speaker at UNT, TWU, NCTC, and FCA of Argyle.

    Amy is certified  by the national organization , Ascend, as a Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist and  with The Center for Relationship Education and  has taught as a presenter with Living Choices of North Texas in area middle and high schools educating students on healthy sexual choices and behaviors since 2002.

  • Mark Gregston Heartlight Ministries
  • Stephen LaBonte Living Choices Program manager

    Stephen is an educator/speaker for Woman to Woman PRC. He teaches and educates students about sexual health and well-being, and equip parents to engage with their own child. He loves serving the community and particularly teenagers, hoping to prevent them from ever needing to be a client at our Pregnancy Resource Clinic. Prior to his serving at Woman to Woman he served four years in the United States Marine Corps.

  • Lisa Cherry Founder, Author & Speaker at Frontline Family Ministries

    As a speaker, teacher, and author, Lisa Cherry has spoken to thousands of adults, youth, children, and women’s ministries since her teen years.  She is passionate to bring an awakening and equipping message of hope to a confused generation. Her compassionate and yet penetrating style captivates audiences of all ages as they laugh and cry their way to change.

  • Ricky Chelette Executive Director of Living Hope Ministries

    Ricky Chelette speaks to teens and adults who struggle with their sexual identity. Ricky brings vast experience and personal knowledge to this difficult and complicated subject. His logical, humorous and straight-forward approach makes sense of a very complex and often confusing topic.

    Unraveling Gender Confusion in Males and Females
    We live in a world of gender confusion and fluidity. Our culture has separated gender and sex. Ministering to youth in an already difficult age of confusion has become more complex when we seem unable to answer the most basic question of personal identity, “Who am I, really?” Gain insight and understanding into this difficult and often divisive topic from a ministry that has been redemptively journeying with sexually confused and marginalized individuals for more than two decades.



$150 per couple / $125 one parent
$25 per teen (age 13-18)

$200 cap—must be from same immediate family)

Every teen must be accompanied by their OWN parent, step-parent, or legal guardian


5:30pm-6:45pm Dinner
7pm Family Fun Night


8am – 6pm Information Sessions & Engaging Activities

Registration Includes conference and meals (overnight lodging is optional for an additional fee).

Registration is NON refundable but is transferable

For ages 13-18. Children under 13 will not be permitted, there is no child care available.

Every teen must be accompanied by their OWN parent, step parent or legal guardian.

Cost includes conference & meals. Lodging is optional for additional fee.


  • Children are growing up in amidst the "perfect storm" of a hyper-sexualized culture driven by the internet. Parents need practical tools to understand the issues and how to protect their children. P3 helps parents with both knowledge and resources.

    Tomi Grover Pure Hope Foundation
  • Honest. Gutsy. Direct. And loving. That is how I would describe the incredible P3 event. In an age where most are afraid to tackle the tough topics hurting our families, the speakers brought a welcome flood of both information and compassion. Fellow parents, pastors, grandparents, and all church leaders: we NEED this event. Our people are desperate for us to know how to lead in this critical hour!

    Lisa Cherry Frontline Family Ministries
  • Jesus said: “Wisdom is shown by her children.”  Wise decisions have ramifications through generations.  Likewise, Christian parenting is often a long walk in the same direction.  It takes time and energy, but the positive ramifications will be generational in scope.  P3 is one of those moments to step back, look at the parenting process, learn from the wisdom of others, get refreshed, then get back in the game.  Spending a weekend at P3 is a wise, parenting decision.

    Pastor Jim Mann New Life Church of Denton
  • P3 opened up our eyes to all of the hidden dangers in the world of technology. We knew of the obvious dangers but there were things we had never heard of. We have a 13 year old boy and a 1 year old boy and this was great for us to learn how to get involved with our older boy to protect him and also brought to light some things we will need to start soon with our 1 year old before it’s too late! Living in a world that is so distant from Christian values, where homosexuality is “ok” it can make it difficult to explain to your children on how to react to those situations they may encounter. We were armed with tools that would help us explain these sexuality differences and how they relate to the Bible without being judgmental to the other person. Since P3, my husband and I have been more open in communicating with our teenager about these dangers and we have been able to intervene in situations that could have become dangerous. This was a great learning experience that we will continue to participate in for years to come!

    Zachary & Elizabeth Hardowin
  • P3 was such a rewarding experience. Not only was the seminar touching, when I got to hear pure truth and love from both of my parents but it also brought us closer together as a family. After the conference, my dad and I did the 30 Day Challenge. At first, it was weird because we have never connected on such a deep level. But as the month continued, our relationship grew. Now that I am off at college, I am so grateful for the experience because it helped me build a close-knit relationship with my parents as I set off for adulthood and a new chapter in my life.

    Alexa College Student


  • 1 in 10 sexually active girls get pregnant
  • 1:4 sexually active each year. 50% of all STI infections in US are to 15-24 year olds
  • Among 15-17 Year olds 72% boys and 73% girls have not had sexual intercourse. 52% boys and 63% girls have never had any sexual contact.
  • LGB (lesbian, gay and bisexual) Students 4x more likely to commit suicide than heterosexual peers. Questioning students 3x more likely to commit suicide than heterosexual peers.
  • 43% of children live in a fatherless home.
  • Fatherless homes account for most youth suicides, homeless/runaway children, high school dropouts, youths in prison
  • Average age of US children exposed to pornography is 12 years old and 1 in 3 10-year-olds view porn.
  • 73 out of 1000 girls in Texas age 15-19 get pregnant
International Center for Missing & Exploited Children
National Center for Health Statistics. ( 2011).Teenagers in the UnitedStates: Sexual activity,contraceptive use, and childbearing, 2006–2010.
National Survey of Family Growth. National Health Statistics Reports 23(31):15,16. National Center for Health Statistics. (2011).Sexual behavior, sexual attraction, and sexual identity in the United States: Data from the 2006-2008 National Survey of Family Growth.
National Health Statistics Reports. 36 :17, 18. LGBQ and suicide: CDC. (2011). Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Risk Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Fatherlessness: US Department of Census
Teens admit to sexting
Teen girls feel pressure to take & send explicity photos
Teen girls send nude or seminude photos of themselves
Teen boys send nude or seminude photos of themselves
Lisa Elliot Ph.D. Manager of Behavioral Health for Cook Children’s Denton TX



The vision of P3 began from my passion to help parents and their teens connect heart to heart. I am a wife, mom, grandmother and active community volunteer. I am a classroom presenter with Living Choices of North Texas – a division of Woman To Woman Pregnancy Resource Center in Denton TX.  I, along with my husband lead Student Ministries at Lifegate Church. Having the opportunity to be involved in the lives of teenagers for over 20 years and raising 2 daughters 11 years apart, I have witnessed a cultural shock. I believe this is due greatly to the rapid changing technology sensation and the unlimited access available . Today, on average, children have a smart phone at age 10 – an internet metropolis of 24/7 access to anything and everything. Children (infants to teens) are the target of negative influence via technology now more than ever in history. Most parents know far less technologically than their children. I have realized while presenting life changing information to teenagers, that if the same information is not being implemented at home and if the relationship between parent and child is disconnected, what I teach will not have long term positive effects on students. Once the heart to heart pipeline is disconnected between parent and child/teen, the pipeline is quickly filled with negative influence of this culture. A strong relationship between parent and teen is essential to the overall well-being of that child. The heart of P3 is designed to strengthen parent / teen relationships and restore those that are broken.

-Tesh Beaty


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