Friday, March 1, 2013

Focus on the Family marriage specialist to speak at SBU March 11

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Focus on the Family marriage specialist to speak at SBU March 11

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Jackson Dunn, director of marriage and family formation at Focus on the Family, will speak at Southwest Baptist University Monday, March 11. He will speak during the 10 a.m. chapel service in Mabee Chapel and at 7 p.m. in Meyer Recital Hall in the Casebolt Music Building on SBU’s Bolivar campus. 

"I'm really excited to be on campus at SBU with the wonderful students, staff and faculty that make it such an amazing place,” Dunn said. “I think we all know that healthy relationships are important and can either bring fun and enjoyment to our lives or make us miserable. I'm looking forward to diving into some practical ways that we can build and strengthen the relationships we have with our friends and loved ones." 

At Focus on the Family, Dunn oversees the programs, strategies and initiatives of the Marriage Division, seeking to provide resources for couples preparing for marriage, to enrich the lives of married couples and to help couples in crisis.

He was formerly the director of University Ministries at the Center for Relationship Enrichment on the campus of John Brown University. In this position, he taught relationships courses, oversaw a national student assessment, directed a national couples retreat program and helped develop a community premarital and marriage program.

He has spoken internationally providing marriage enrichment for the U.S. military and leads retreats and seminars for churches and universities. He also has worked with businesses and corporations helping them better understand the impact and importance of the relational and emotional health of employees as well as the impact of healthy families and marriages on the workplace.

The Crabtree Lectures are made possible because of an endowment given by retired Springfield pastor Dr. T.T. Crabtree in honor of his wife. The purpose for the lecture series is to help college students in developing strong human relationships in marriage and family life.

“The Bennie Cole Crabtree Lecture series began in the fall of 1988 and is a consistent source of relationship information and inspiration for our students,” said Bill Walkup, assistant professor of behavioral sciences.

For more information about the 2013 Crabtree Lectures, please contact Walkup at (417) 328-1731.

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