No Place for Abuse: Bridging the Gap in Situations of
Domestic Violence, Abuse and Sexual Assault

A Conference in Memory of Dr. Catherine Clark Kroeger

September 28, 2013 | South Hamilton, MA


Goals  |  Keynote Speakers  |  Plenary Speakers  |  Workshop Speakers  |  Dr. Catherine Kroeger

Conference Details  |  Registration  |  Print Materials  |  Sponsors

Registration has closed for this event. Please contact Mr. Goran Kojcev by email or phone at (978) 646-4510 with any questions.

Conference Description:

How do we respond to the needs of victims of abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault? How do we promote healthy, peaceful family living in a fallen world? In honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Catherine C. Kroeger, we invite you to join the conversation with other researchers, theologians, therapists, pastors, victims/survivors, shelter workers and faith community members.

Continuing education units (CEU's) are available for LICSW, LMHC and LMFT.

Conference Goals:

  • Gain firsthand exposure to faith-based and secular responses to abuse, domestic and sexual violence.
  • Redefine spiritual, emotional and psychological Christian wholeness and growth when surrounded by abuse.
  • Be exposed to and develop a deeper understanding of the abuse of power.
  • Gain insight on how to answer Cain's question to God: "Am I my brother's keeper?" (Gen. 4:9 NIV).
  • Develop tools to practice empathetic listening skills that validate the experiences of the abused for counseling professionals.
  • Learn how to locate resources and make referrals to help individuals caught in situations of domestic abuse, sexualized violence and/or suicide ideation in therapy and pastoral setting.

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Keynote Speakers:

Nancy Nason-Clark, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Sociology at University of New Brunswick, Canada. Dr. Nason-Clark teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate sociology courses in research methods, gender, religion and violence. Her research program, The Rave Project, examines the relationship between abuse, faith, gender and culture, and has taken her to many parts of the world, including India, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean.


Scott Brown, J.D., former U.S. Senator. Prior to his term in the Senate, Brown served as a member of the Massachusetts General Court, first in the State House of Representatives (1998–2004) and then in the State Senate (2004–2010). In the 2010 special election for a seat in the U.S. Senate, Brown succeeded U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy for the remainder of the term ending January 3, 2013. For 33 years, Senator Brown has served in the Army National Guard, and he currently holds the rank of Colonel in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. Brown is the author of Against All Odds (2011), which details his difficult upbringing and past struggles with abuse.

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Plenary Speakers

We are delighted to have the following plenary speakers for this conference. For more information about them, click on their name to view their biography.

Dennis P. Hollinger


Dennis P. Hollinger, Ph.D., President & Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Prior to assuming his present role in 2008, he served as President and Professor of Christian Ethics at Evangelical Theological Seminary in Myerstown, PA. He is a frequent speaker in churches, pastors’ conferences, seminaries, colleges and academic forums, and has authored four books including Head, Heart, Hands: Bringing Together Christian Thought.

Tana Miller


Tana Miller, Women's Director of the Southern New England Ministry Network and ordained Minister with the Assembly of God. Sexually abused as a child, and turning to drugs and alcohol in her teens, Tana found herself desperate for hope before encountering God. Tana and her husband, Guy, have been married and in ministry together for the past 24 years, and they planted Remix Church in Salem, MA. 

Kenneth Swetland


Kenneth Swetland, D.Min., Senior Professor of Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Swetland has filled many roles since joining the seminary in 1972, including Professor of Ministry, Academic Dean and Campus Pastoral Counselor. He also served as a psychotherapist for 12 years at Gordon-Conwell Counseling Center, Health Integration Services in Peabody, MA, and Willowdale Center for Psychological Services in Hamilton, MA.

Michelle Toy


Michelle Toy, Pastor at Greenville Alliance Church in Greenville, PA. Michelle has ministered in her current role for the past 11 years, and previously served at Greencrest Park Community Baptist Church in Greenville, PA, for three years.

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Workshop Speakers

There will be one workshop session during the conference. For more information about our speakers, click on their name to view their biography.

Marjorie Kroeger


Marjorie Kroeger, M.A., LMHC, CSAT, Clinical Director and Founder of The Stony Brook Center (New England’s Center for Sexual Health). A certified sex addiction therapist, Marjorie was trained by renowned expert Dr. Patrick Carnes to treat sex addiction and love addiction.

Lita Schlueter


Lita Schlueter, Dean of Students & Director of Student Life Services at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Lita counsels, supports, encourages and prays by name for countless seminary students. Her previous ministry experience includes discipling young American soldiers in Heidelberg, Germany, youth ministry, prison ministry and refugee ministry.

Pablo Polischuk


Pablo Polischuk, Ph.D., Professor of Pastoral Counseling and Psychology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Polischuk is an experienced teacher, a practicing psychologist and an active minister. Most recently, he has been involved in psychological research and he, along with Gordon-Conwell professors Dr. Karen Mason and Dr. Ray Pendleton, received a Lilly Theological Research Grant for their project Protestant Clergy Referral of Suicidal Persons.

Bonnie Prizio


Bonnie Prizio, D.Min., LMHC, Director of Renewed Hope Counseling Services. A licensed mental health counselor and ordained minister, Bonnie has journeyed with people through challenges of anxiety, trauma, abuse, domestic violence, spiritual abuse and grief, and she specializes in assisting caregivers who have found themselves in a place of “burn-out” or secondary trauma. She has received honors from Psi Chi, a national honor society for psychology.

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Dr. Catherine Clark Kroeger

Catherine Clark Kroeger, Ph.D. (1925-2011), was Ranked Adjunct Professor of Classical and Ministry Studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where she taught from 1990 until her death. Dr. Kroeger graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1947 and married her husband of 60 years, Richard Clark Kroeger, in 1950. They served together in 10 pastorates in five states. After raising five children she resumed her education, receiving a Ph.D. in Classical Studies in 1987 from The University of Minnesota. She served as Protestant chaplain and lecturer in the Department of Religion at Hamilton College. She authored, co-authored or edited 13 books, including The IVP Women's Bible Commentary.

Dr. Kroeger was the Founding President of Christians for Biblical Equality and President of Peace and Safety in the Christian Home. She served in leadership roles in many other organizations, and served on the Board of Trustees at Trinity Christian Academy and the Latham Center on Cape Cod, and at Whitworth College in Spokane, WA.

She held membership of the American Academy of Religion, The Society of Biblical Literature, and the Evangelical Theological Society. She was an active layperson in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA). She was cited in Helen Kooiman Hosier's 100 Christian Women Who Changed the 20th Century, and received an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Houghton College in 2004. 

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Conference Details


The registration cost includes conference registration, materials and lunch. The cost per individual varies. Visit our registration page for more information.

Registration will close at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, September 23rd.

Time and Location:

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm.
Location: Alumni Hall of the Kerr Building, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Address: 130 Essex Street, S. Hamilton, MA 01982

The conference will take place in Alumni Hall of the Kerr building at Gordon-Conwell's Hamilton campus. Alumni Hall is located on the fourth floor of the Kerr building. You may need to park in the Academic Center parking lot. If this is the case, please walk across the street through the Great Room of the Kerr building. Alumni Hall will be at your right when you pass through the Great Room.

Confirmation and Cancellations:

You may consider your cancelled check or credit card statement to be confirmation of your registration. Event tickets will not be mailed. Online registrations will receive an email confirmation. Because of the planning involved with the conference, please note the following dates involving registration cancellations.

  • Cancellations must be received by August 30, 2013, to receive a full refund, less a $10 processing fee.
  • Cancellations made by September 9, 2013, will be refunded 50%.
  • Cancellations after September 16, 2013, will not be refunded.


Take Rte. 128 North (toward Gloucester) to Exit 17 (Grapevine Road). Turn left off of the exit ramp and continue past Gordon College. Take your first right onto Rte. 22 (Rubbly Road). Turn left at the first stop sign (Essex Street). The entrance to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary will be 200 yards ahead on the right. Follow the “Special Conference” signs. For more specific directions click here.

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Registration is closed.

The first 150 registrants will receive a complimentary book. Seating is limited. Due to the conference character and the topics to be discussed, registrants must be 18+ years of age. For registration information, please contact Mr. Goran Kojcev by email or phone at (978) 646-4510.

Registration will close at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, September 23rd. If you miss the deadline, please contact Mr. Goran Kojcev.

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Print Materials

We encourage you to download the following promotional material to print and share with your church and friends.

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Conference Sponsors

This conference is sponsored by the Psi Chi (International Honor Society in Psychology) Chapter & the Counseling Department at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminar. However, it has been a joint effort and co-sponsored by the Office of the President, Doctor of Ministry Program, Communications Office and the Shoemaker Center of the Ockenga Institute at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. 

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