Cherish

CHERISH: a one-day marriage event that will draw you closer to Jesus and to each other!

Date & Time:
February 29, 2020 | 1pm – 6pm
Location:
Riverpark Center | 101 Daviess Street | Owensboro, KY 42303

We’re excited to feature Focus on the Family‘s VP of Marriage & Family Ministries, Dr. Greg Smalley and wife Erin. They are a team who have led marriage seminars worldwide and are passionate to equip couples with the knowledge, skills and insights necessary to enjoy life together.  We’ll worship with an all-community worship team and laugh together with national Christian comedian Dennis Swanberg, “The Swan”.  For 25 years, he has been stepping up to the microphone on stages all over America and the world, averaging 150 performances yearly. 

Pastors, Grace Marriage participants, veterans and first responders are discounted.  A private luncheon at 11:30am is included for pastors/wives, but registration online is required during ticket purchase.

Afterwards, bless your loved one with a dinner out and by spending the night along our national award-winning riverfront. Invest in your marriage, for CHERISH is a gift that promises eternal dividends!

  • Grow in Christ
  • Draw closer to each other
  • Learn about Grace Marriage for your on-going marital growth
  • Worship our King together
  • Laugh with “America’s Minister of Encouragement”
  • All within 5 hours!

Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley are nationally acclaimed speakers and leaders on the topic of marriage. Greg, who earned a doctorate in psychology, is the vice president of marriage and family formation at Focus on the Family. Erin, who holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology, works alongside him and also works with couples as a therapist in private practice. Well known for their bestselling book Fight Your Way to a Better Marriage and Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage, Greg and Erin are passionate about preparing individuals for marriage, strengthening and nurturing existing marriages and helping couples in marital crises.


Dr. Dennis Swanberg, affectionately known to his national TV audiences as “The Swan”, is a seasoned and solid communicator whose sly wit delivers life-­enriching truths to the heart on wings of laughter. Dennis Swanberg is a well qualified teacher, speaker, author, counselor, preacher and TV host. He is happily married to his wife Lauree and is the proud father of two grown sons. Dr. Swanberg was host of two nationally televised cable television shows that were viewed by over one million households. He is a welcome and popular guest on Dr. James Dobson’s national broadcasts and other TV and radio stations throughout the country. The Swan has been called “America’s Minister of Encouragement” because of his constant work at lifting hearts and leading people to a richer life through his “one of a kind” humor.  His side-splitting stories of growing up, families, and the funny side of life entertains his audience even as he implants a strong message: we all have our flaws and foibles but we can also find a reason to smile!


Grace Marriage, host of this event, was founded by Brad & Marilyn Rhoads. Married since 1996, they have five children, four girls and a boy. Brad is a graduate of Furman University and the University of Kentucky College of Law and practiced as a full-time attorney for over 20 years. Marilyn graduated from Lipscomb University, completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern Indiana, and counseled at Counseling Associates prior to devoting her full time efforts to her family and Grace Marriage. Brad has been a lay pastor for Marriage & Family since 2010. Brad and Marilyn lead marriage retreats, 20 week marriage intensives, author coaching materials, provide leadership development training and marriage coaching groups. They consider it a privilege to share the overwhelming good news of Jesus Christ through the context of Grace Marriage.


Reserved Ticket Info: This year, we’ll have reserved seating. Place your order soon and choose your seats!

General Admission: $35/person

Discounted Tickets:

  • Grace Marriage Participants: $25 | Use Code – GMP
  • Pastors: $25 | Use Code – PAS (After adding your discount code at the top of the checkout screen, you will need to confirm your attendance at the free pastor’s luncheon when the PASTORLUNCHEON pop-up box appears.)
  • Veterans: $25 | Use Code – VET
  • First Responders: $25 | Use Code – RESP

Tickets on sale now! Reserve your seat HERE.


Discounted Hotel Accommodations: When contacting the hotel, ask for the “Cherish Event” rate.

If you’re in town for the weekend or just want to get away for a night, we’ve reserved a number of rooms at discounted rates.

  • Hampton Inn Downtown Waterfront, $109 per, 401 W. 2nd St., Owensboro, KY 42301, 270-685-2005
  • Hampton Inn Owensboro South, $95 per, 615 Salem Drive, Owensboro, KY 42303, 270-926-2006
  • Courtyard by Marriott, $104 per, 3120 Highland Pointe Dr, Owensboro, KY 42303, 270-685-4140