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M.A.P. – Marriage Accelerator Project

A two day marriage workshop for all ages and all stages,

taught by David and Lynne Nelson.


Friday, February 16th 5:30 to 8:30


Saturday, February 17th 9 to 3


Where: Birchwood Presbyterian Church

Cost: $60 per couple.

Includes: dinner, continental breakfast, lunch.

Childcare provided.

Space is limited, so register soon!


Topics include:

  • Defrost and Rev Up – Friendship and Sex

  • Tools for Tune-Ups – Communication

  • Changing the oil – Money

  • Extended warranty – Apology, forgiveness and reconciliation


Register here!

Registration deadline is February 12th.



Lynne and David Nelson have been married over 40 years. They met and were married while still students at Whitworth College.  They have four of their own children, four grandchildren, and many sponsored-children in the third world.  They have recently authored three chapters in a book on marriage entitled “Mutual by Design”.  Lynne had a major role in shaping the project and wrote chapters on couple communication and on forgiveness while David did a chapter on money and finances.  David and Lynne enjoy their family as well as work and travel.


Lynne is a licensed mental health counselor with offices in Fairhaven.  Lynne received her Master’s degree in counseling from Trinity Western University.  She specializes in Lifespan Integration, a technique that helps people overcome previous traumas that may be impacting their current ability to function effectively.  She also works with couples on techniques for success in marriage using principles developed by Dr. John Gotman, founder of the Gotman Institute and professor emeritus at the University of Washington.  Lynne serves on the Board of Directors of The Whatcom Dream and The Lighthouse Mission.


David is Professor of Economics at Western Washington University.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and taught at Oregon State University prior to joining Western.   He serves on the Board of Trustees of Whitworth University where he is chair of the academic affairs committee.  He is a member of Board of Directors of the Washington Council for Economic Education and Financial Literacy, an organization dedicated to helping young people increase their understanding of basic economic concepts so that they can make more intelligent choices as consumers, producers, and citizen/voters.


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