Celebration of Marriage Seminar

It was a swan song of sorts for Dr. Carl Brecheen and Dr. Paul Faulkner as they presented their final marriage enrichment workshop in the north central states.  With only four more seminars on their schedule in North Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas, the dynamic counseling duo presented York with a rare opportunity of being one of the final hosts to their ageless Celebration of Marriage Seminar.

320 participants from 9 states attended the weekend events in York.  The majority were married and engaged couples, but there were also some single students in the audience hoping to learn how to lay a firm foundation for their future relationships. “It was very helpful for any relationship,” said YC sophomore Natasha Byrd, “It taught me to stop keeping a record of other people’s wrongs and to just let the little things go.”

Begun in 1974 as an effort to help husbands and wives improve their marriages, the seminar has been presented to over 90,000 couples in more than 33 states and 7 foreign countries.  Both Brecheen and Faulkner spoke in their sessions of their strong friendship with each other and the involvement of their families in the ministry.  Paul and Gladys celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary earlier this year; Carl and Smitty are soon to be celebrating theirs. They have over 100 years of marriage and family counseling and teaching experience between them.

Event co-coordinator Dr. Paul Robison said he felt the workshop was very successful and was very pleased with the turnout.  The workshop was hosted by the York College Bible Department and East Hill Church of Christ as a service to the students and church members in the area.


Every blow of life is cushioned when it is shared by someone you love. Every joy of life is heightened when it is shared by someone you love." --Dr. Carl Brecheen