Seminars & Programs

When speaking to couples, the Stoops present their seminar with humor and insight using role plays and lots of interaction. The information presented is based on the latest research on why marriages succeed or fail. They show practical ways any couple can strengthen their marriage, whether they’re a newly married couple or a couple celebrating their Golden anniversary. Engaged couples also attend and find the seminar helpful in preparing for their marriage.

Topics covered include the role of forgiveness in marriage, how to build a spiritual foundation in marriage, what happens when couples pray, how generational patterns affect the marital relationship, understanding personality differences, and learning about the four deadly behaviors every couple needs to avoid.

The Stoops bring personal warmth as well as life-changing content to the seminar as they draw from their own personal experiences of 50 plus years of marriage, and the experiences of the hundreds of couples they have counseled for over thirty-five years.

In addition, Dave often speaks on “Making Peace with Your Father,” and together, Jan and Dave have worked with several corporations presenting topics like “Understanding Each Other in the Work Place,” and “Using Personality Differences to Build Teamwork.”


A Clinical Psychologist and director of the Center for Family Therapy, Dr. Stoop received his doctorate from the University of Southern California. He is also a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and an ordained minister. He is co-host on the New Life radio program and has appeared on the 700 Club, TBN, Focus on the Family, FamilyNet and others. He has authored over 25 books and was the Executive Editor of The Life Recovery Bible. Two of his latest books are Just Us, and Forgiving the Unforgivable. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Fuller Seminary, and he along with Jan head up the Marriage and Family Network, a division of the American Association of Christian Counselors.


Jan is also a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and received her doctorate in clinical psychology. She often speaks to women’s groups and has co-authored several books with her husband and has written The Tender-hearted Mom: Balancing Gentleness with Toughness.


The Stoops have led seminars and retreats across the country, in Europe, Australia, and in Asia. They have been married for over 50 years and have three sons and six grandchildren.

For booking information: You may contact them by email at, or call them at 949-463-0607.

Weekend Retreats: Friday PM to Sunday AM: Beginning on Friday evening and continuing through Sunday noon with flexible session times.

Friday PM and Saturday AM: Begins Friday evening at 7:30 pm and concludes at 9:30 pm, and then meets on Saturday from 9:00 am through 1:00 pm, with a 30-minute mid-morning break.

Saturday only: Begins at 9:00 am and concludes at 3:00 pm, with a one-hour lunch break. A mid-morning break around 10:30 for about 15 minutes and another shorter break in the afternoon around 2:00 is the usual pattern.

One-time Keynote Presentations: One to two hour presentation as a highlight to any conference. We are also open to other schedules, such as a 3-4 hour Sunday afternoon workshop. Let us know what works for your schedule.

What Other’s are Saying:

“Your talks were filled with insight that caused us to seriously consider not only who we are as men in Christ, but also challenged us to live accordingly”

Steve Nelson
Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church
Walnut Creek, California

“What a joy it was to have you as one of out keynote speakers for the men’s conference. Your presentation was fantastic! It was evident your words moved all the men very deeply and left a lasting impression in minds and hearts.

Robert H. Schuller
Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, California

“The Drs. Dave and Jan Stoop stirred up our church in a wonderful way. The weekend marriage enrichment program they led resulted in a huge number of couples now praying together. It served as a turning point for others to seek the help of Christian counselors to make solid families. They are real, biblically solid, and we want them back!”

Steve A. Johnson, Ph.D.
Pastor, Congregational Care and Counseling
Valley Community Baptist Church, Avon, CT
Founder, Pastoral Counseling Training Program, Albert Ellis Institute, Manhattan, New York

“We had nothing but great feedback regarding this past weekend’s couples conference. Everyone seemed to have an appreciation for not only your practical insights, but also for your focus on Chirst’s forgiveness being the basis of our power to work through our struggles.”

Peggy Heyden
Forest Home Christian Conference Center
Forest Falls, California

“Thank you for such a wonderful day with the couples of our community. At least half of the people there were new to our church. God used your gifts, passion, and vulnerability in a powerful way.”

Bucky Dennis, Pastor to Families
Mariners Church, Irvine, California

“Refreshingly authentic and genuine in their presentation. Their realistic and humorous approach to marital issues causes you and your spouse to be fully engaged in their teaching.”

Jeff Biddle, Marriage and Family Pastor
Calvary Church, Santa Ana, California

Some of the Other Churches and Organizations Using the Stoops:

First Presbyterian Church, Fresno, California
University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, Washington
Calvary Church, Thousand Oaks, California
Wooddale Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Metro Church, Evansville, Illinois
Warm Springs Baptist Church, Las Vegas, Nevada
Fellowship Bible Church, Littleton, Colorado
St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, California
Adobe Systems, San Jose, California & Seattle, Washington
North American Mission Board, Alpharetta, Georgia
CH2M HILL, Santa Ana, California

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