Mark your calendars! Ridgecrest is excited to host David Thomas, LMSW, and Sissy Goff, MEd, LPC-MHSP, of Raising Boys & Girls for our Building Strong Families Parenting Conference on April 28-29, 2023.

Who are David and Sissy?
David Thomas and Sissy Goff have been counseling kids and families for many years at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville. They are honored to take what they learn from those wise kids and families and bring it to us by way of the books they write, their podcast, and the conferences they share with parents and educators across the country and beyond. More info on Raising Boys and Girls can be found at

Who should attend?
Parents (and grandparents) of children of all ages – from infants to teens
Caregivers and parental figures who want to parent out of love instead of fear
Educators, spiritual leaders and anyone who cares about children, teens, and families

Who can earn CEUs or contact hours for attending?
Educators (K-12th grade) may earn CEUs through the Mississippi College Office of Continuing Education, an accredited CEU granting agency recognized by the Mississippi Department of Education and MAIS (Midsouth Association of Independent Schools). CEU request forms will be available at the conference. If you have questions about whether you are eligible to earn CEUs, contact Stacie Albritton ([email protected]) for more information.

Early childhood educators (infant/toddler, preschool, and after school teachers as well as other staff of licensed childcare facilities) may earn up to 7.5 MSDH-approved contact hours for attending the conference.

The conference at Ridgecrest is a 2-day conference on Friday evening and Saturday morning with the theme: Building Strong Families. Friday’s session will be Intentional Parenting with Q&A and Saturday’s session is Raising Boys & Girls.

Friday, April 28
5:30 p.m.: Doors open – Coffee Available
6:00-8:30 p.m.: Intentional Parenting session with Q&A
Saturday, April 29
7:30 a.m.: Doors Open – Coffee and Doughnuts Available
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Raising Boys & Girls session (Lunch Provided)

Conference Fee: $25 per person
Childcare: $15 per family per day (see below for more info)

**4/13/2023 - Childcare registration is now closed.** Childcare is available for babies through 5th graders for a fee of $15 per family per day. Childcare space is LIMITED and will be available on a first come, first served basis. You can reserve your childcare spots when registering for the conference.

Conference tickets are nonrefundable but are transferable.