Elective Seminars

September 25–29, 2017

Each afternoon guests can choose one from an amazing selection of Elective Seminars on a broad range of topics of interest to adults looking ahead.

These topics include:


You’ve told yourself for years you’d start compiling your family history but have never done it. Come learn the basics of how to get started in discovering your roots. It’s easier than ever with the help of the Internet. We’ll learn how together! Helpful handouts will be a part of the seminar.

Rachel Williams

Rachel Williams

After spending years as an Adult Program Specialist at Mount Hermon, Rachel has moved into our Creative Services department working with photography. You can catch her all summer long taking family photos on the meadow during Family Camp. She is passionate about preserving precious memories through photography and photo journals and has been encouraging others to explore their family history through genealogy for years. In her spare time she enjoys playing with Photoshop and spoiling her grandchildren rotten.

Family Forgiveness

Many of us have experienced broken relationships in our families at one point or another, but how do we begin the process of forgiveness in those relationship? We will explore how forgiveness is constantly necessary for restoring and maintaining relationships and see how forgiveness brings freedom. The tools we will learn in this seminar are imperative to the process of reconciliation and restoration.

Paul Gerlach

Paul Gerlach

Pastor Paul Gerlach is on the pastoral staff of Jubilee Christian Center in San Jose, CA, where he oversees the Marriage & Family Ministry and Life Coaching ministry. He is also a Certified Life Coach. 

Intentional Grandparenting

The Grandparent/Grandchild connection can be one of the most satisfying relationships there is. Yet, we find that there are new challenges with this current generation and the culture in which they are growing up. We also learn that being involved with our grandchildren is complicated by many factors such as: distance, their age and interest, their parent’s relationship with us, technology, divorce and remarriage, faith issues, etc. In this seminar we will discuss ways to maintain a relationship with our grandchildren that is positive and rewarding in spite of complicating circumstances.

Anastasia Hansel

Ken and Mari Harrower

Ken and Mari have been married for 42 years. Together they team teach couples, family and parenting conferences both at Mount Hermon and throughout the Western States. They model a couple involved in ministry and in growing relationships. They are the parents of two grown married children, and are enjoying their four grandchildren. Ken served on the Program Staff at Mount Hermon for decades and now serves as Chaplain.

Passing on a Godly Legacy

Passing on a godly legacy to the next generation is an intentional act that doesn’t just happen by chance. Learn biblical principles found in the Old Testament life of King Asa on how he overturned an ungodly legacy and passed on godliness to his children.

Anastasia Hansel

Mike Romberger

Mike Romberger is Mount Hermon’s President and CEO (since Spring 2015.) Mike has been attending Mount Hermon since the age of six. This year marks his 31st consecutive year of being at camp with his family. Mike, along with his wife, Jane, and four kids, comes to us from Mission Hills Church in Littleton, Colorado where he has served as Senior Pastor for 13 years. He is a graduate of Biola University (BS Christian Education), Talbot School of Theology (Masters of Divinity), and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry - Christian Leadership). This conference will be a great opportunity for you to hear Mike’s heart and get to know him over a meal or at a donut break.

Health and Wellness for Life

We will be learning how to leave a significant legacy of health and wellness to those we love most by setting a healthy life example according to God’s plan. His holistic approach to health and wellness for life weaves physical, chemical, emotional and spiritual aspects together to help us take responsibility for our lifestyle choices. Steeped in Scripture and embracing the truths we learn from our generational history, our boundaries, and our practice of mindfulness, these class will give you all you need to embark on a new, more intentional course.   YOU WILL LEARN How to align your mind, body and spirit with God’s design for vibrant living Strategies on how to manage stress effectively Practical understanding of your physiology and imbalances that may occur How physical and spiritual movement is essential for optimal health Many practical ways to shop, cook, read labels, eat out, and implement self-care

Kerry Phibbs

Bianca J Schmidt

Bianca is a California Board Licensed and Nationally Certified Acupuncturist and Herbalist who has an active practice in Scotts Valley, CA. She also holds a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Experiential Education and draws on this additional training to more effectively equip patients for vibrant living. She is passionate about teaching and often offers seminars focused on disease prevention as well as the restoration and maintenance of optimum health. In her free time, Bianca finds refreshment through outdoor adventures, music, creative cuisine, engaging with community or just curling up with a good story.

Helping those that Hurt

We all experience hurt throughout our lives, and grief is one of the most difficult challenges we face. Part of our legacy is to model healthy ways of journeying through the process of hurt together. In this seminar, we will Increase our understanding that grief is not a problem to be solved, but a journey to be traveled.

Kerry Phibbs

Sara Bentley

Sara is an Ordained Minister and Hospital Chaplain, who has been working in professional ministry for 16 years. While attending Fuller Theological Seminary, she served as the College Director at Lake Avenue Church (Pasadena, CA). After graduating with her Masters of Divinity in 2003, she moved to Milpitas, CA to take a position as the Young Adult Pastor at Christ Community Church where she preached weekly and helped to establish a ministry for 18-29 year olds. In 2007, she relocated for her husband’s work, and began serving at Faith Community Church (Santa Cruz, CA) as the Pastor of Spiritual Formation—focusing on small groups, discipleship and local outreach. In 2009 she took a break from church ministry to complete her Hospital Chaplain Residency. In 2011 she returned to church ministry as the Director of Adult Education at First Presbyterian Church (Boone, NC). Additionally, Sara is a published author of various articles on leadership and discipleship with Gifted for Leadership (Christianity Today). Sara is married to Jeremy and is currently at home with their two sons, Dylan (6) and Luke (2).