“We are excited to come to Minnesota in October because we hear that fall is beautiful, but mostly because we are eager to connect with grandparents. We invite you to join us on October 27th and look forward to meeting you there.

We are committed to maintaining wholesome relationships with our own adult kids and eleven grandkids and want to share practical tips and ideas we have gleaned along the way - including lessons learned from mistakes made! We trust that you will leave the seminar inspired and confident in your own influential role as grandparents.

See you on the 27th!”

Guest Speakers

Glen & Ellen Schuknecht

Glen and Ellen Schuknecht have been married for 43 years and currently reside in Manchaca, Texas nearby their 3 married children and 11 grandchildren.  They raised their family in Bend, Oregon and moved to Texas in 2003. They are the authors of the book A Spiritual Heritage, released, by Kregel, in October, 2017 and will appear on Focus on the Family this summer. 

Glen Schuknecht served for six years as the Head of Student Discipline and Discipleship at Veritas Academy in Austin, Texas, where he continues to work part-time as Head of Security.  He speaks at various UMSI (University-Model™ Schools International) schools and churches.  His career includes 42 years of teaching and coaching, of which 36 years were in public schools both in Oregon and Texas. 

Ellen Schuknecht is Head of Family Ministries at Veritas Academy, a school she helped found. She is the director of Family Wings Consulting LLC, and a national speaker for UMSI (University-Model™ Schools International).  She has contributed to several books on parenting and education, and has appeared on Focus on the Family with her daughter, Erin MacPherson.

In their younger years, Glen and Ellen worked with youth through Young Life and On Track Ministries in Oregon. Currently they serve as SYMBIS facilitators (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) for their church, The Springs, where they also support and encourage young couples as they enter into marriage and later in raising their children. 

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  • How to be intentional about passing on your faith to your grandchildren

  • Practical ideas on how to make time spent with your grandkids fun AND influential

  • Strategies for being involved in the life of your grandkids from afar

Available Resources

  • Resources offering best practices, ideas and tools to help you be an intentional grandparent will be available for review during the breaks.

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October 27, 2018

8:00 AM    Registration & Resource Fair open.  Donuts & Coffee

8:30 AM    Worship & Announcements

9:00 AM    The Amazing Influence of a Grandparent
                   What the Bible says about grandparenting

10:45 AM   Break and Resource Fair  

11:00 AM   Reaching the Heart of  your Grandchild

12:00 PM   Lunch and Resource Fair

1:00 PM     Worship and Announcements

1:30 PM     Overcoming the Barriers of Distance
                    The 8 Best Practices of Christian Grandparents
                    Becoming an Intentional Christian Grandparent

3:30 PM     Close, Resource Fair open