family builders’ spring 2017 marriage conference



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LOVE Deeply
“Above all, love each other deeply.” 1 Peter 4:8

June 9-11, 2017 – Wells, Maine
Hampton Inn & Suites

No one is interested in a shallow relationship. We don’t want to hover around the surface. We want to sink the roots of our relationship deep into love. We want to enjoy deeper connection and understanding. Deeper conversations and bonding. Deeper intimacy and passion.

Building a healthy and loving relationship in your marriage does not have to be complicated—but it does take intentionality!

This special weekend away with your spouse will highlight five of the most important issues for going deeper in your marriage:

  • Personality
  • Communication
  • Conflicts
  • Intimacy
  • Adaptability

Join us for a weekend getaway on the coast of Maine where you and your spouse can take some time for sun and fun while taking your relationship to a new level of passion and intimacy.

(Note: This is not our Stronger Together Marriage Getaway designed for couples in a chronic illness marriage.)

cost info

Conference Cost

  • Early Registration by May 31:
    • $399 per couple
  • Regular Registration after May 31:
    • $449 per couple
  • What is included in the Full Conference Registration Fee?
    • Two nights lodging at the Hampton Inn & Suites
    • All teaching sessions and resource materials
    • Welcome reception on Friday night, delicious hot/cold buffet breakfast each morning, buffet lunch on Saturday, and snack breaks throughout the weekend.
  • Commuter Registration Option: For couples commuting to the conference and not staying at the host hotel, we offer a special registration rate:
    • $225 per couple before May 31
    • $275 per couple after May 31
    • This rate includes all sessions, materials, Friday night reception, and Saturday buffet lunch.
  • Refund Policy:  Your registration fee is non-refundable after May 31, 2017. Until that time we will refund your registration fee, less a $25.00 administrative fee. We make financial obligations based on the number of couples registered that are usually non-refundable after a certain date. Thank you for your understanding. Registrations are transferable if you have someone who can take your place.


Conference Schedule

3:00 pm Hotel Check-in Begins
7:30 Conference Check-in and Welcome Reception
8:00 Session #1: Personality – How God Made You…and Your Spouse
9:30 Free Time
7:00 am Breakfast (served in the hotel Dining/Common Room until 9:30 a.m.)
9:30 Session #2: Communication – The Lifeblood of Relationships
10:45 Break
11:00 Session #3: Conflicts – All Fights are not Created Equal
12:15 pm Lunch served in the hotel Dining/Common Room
1:15 Session #4: Intimacy – The Way We Love
2:30 Free Time – There is no scheduled program for Saturday night. We encourage you to plan a relaxing time together, including a romantic dinner at an area restaurant (suggestions will be provided).
7:00 am Breakfast (served in the hotel Dining/Common Room until 9:30 a.m.)
9:30 Session #5: Adaptability – The Neglected Secret to Loving Deeply
10:45 Break
11:15 Closing Celebration
12 noon Conference Ends

Schedule is subject to adjustments.


Conference Speakers

WillieCindy_headshot_3002Willie Batson, MA – Founder/President, Family Builders Ministries

Willie and Cindy Batson have been married since 1972, are the parents of two married daughters, and have five grandchildren. Cindy was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis more than 25 years ago.

Willie is the Founder/President of Family Builders Ministries, a New England-based non-profit organization with an international outreach. Every week finds Cindy and Willie coaching couples preparing for marriage, maximizing their marriage, or repairing their marriage.

Willie’s first book, Tools for a Great Marriage, was published in 2008 and is now in its third printing. He recently published his second book, Tools for Great Marriage Devotional. The Batsons are also working on a book specifically for couples affected by a chronic illness or disability in their marriages. Read more about the Batsons here

Jere Vincent

Jere Vincent, MDiv – Executive Director, Family Builders Ministries

Jere Vincent communicates with passion and commitment. He has experience in the worlds of higher education and ministry. Jere has over 20 years of church ministry and leadership experience in marriage and family ministries.

In late 2015 he became the Executive Director of Family Builders Ministries. He has been a long-time friend and supporter of the ministry, having served as Chairperson of the Family Builders Board of Directors since 2006.

Jere is a graduate of Trinity Seminary and the University of New Hampshire.  He and his wife, Brenda, have two daughters and live in Durham, New Hampshire. Jere and Brenda are active marriage mentors in their local church, sharing their lives with couples preparing for marriage and those going through challenging seasons.



Conference Location/Hotel

Hampton Inn & Suites
900 Post Road
Wells, Maine, 04090

Located on the southern coast of Maine, the hotel is just ten minutes from downtown Ogunquit and 15 minutes from the quaint village of Kennebunkport. The hotel has an indoor pool and fitness center.


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Queen Suite

Queen Suite

Dining/Common Room

Dining/Common Room


Hampton Inn & Suites

King Suite

Indoor Pool & Hot Tub

Indoor Pool & Hot Tub

Breakfast Area

Breakfast Area



Deep Love Assessment

Read more details here.

To make your getaway experience even better, we are asking each couple to complete the personalized Deep Love Report and bring it to the conference.

The 10 power-packed pages of customized insights provide you with:
  • A step-by-step process for realizing instant results
  • Proven and reliable guidance you can count on
  • Engaging exercises and numerous conversation starters
  • An upbeat and guilt-free tone for positive outcomes
  • A customized road map to getting the love you want

Insights that will knock your socks off!

  • Your Money Methods
  • Your Personalities
  • Your Fight Types
  • Your Talk Styles
  • Your Love Life

Taking the Deep Love Assessment

It only takes 15 minutes!

  • Answer the questions online anywhere, anytime
  • Use any device, including your phone
  • 12 question types makes it engaging
  • Add your photo to make your report truly yours
  • Receive your report instantly, no need to wait
  • Use the following GROUP CODE* when you register for the assessment: GKHUYF6M

It’s quick, easy and affordable!

*Using the Group Code allows the conference leaders to generate a group report. They won’t see individual couple’s results – just a summation of all of the reports together.
Here’s what one couple had to say about their experience at a Family Builders’ Marriage Conference.