PEP Talks

David Thomas And Sissy Goff PEP Talks speakers for September 2020“So much girl drama!” 

“My son is bouncing off the walls!” 

Anyone who has ever raised kids knows how different boys and girls are. Our sons and daughters face their own unique challenges.

Attend our first PEP Talk of the year (via ZOOM) “Raising Boys and Girls–What's Normal, What's Not, and How to Handle the Tough Stuff” featuring Sissy Goff and David Thomas of Daystar Ministries. 

Sissy and David are experienced counselors, authors, speakers and podcast hosts who will share who your kids really are and what they need most at every stage!  Collectively, their book titles include Raising Worry-Free Girls, Braver, Stronger, Smarter, Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys, and Are My Kids on Track? The 12 Emotional, Social & Spiritual Milestones Your Child Needs to Reach.

If you’re new to Legacy, our goal as a Guidance Counseling Department is to come alongside of you on this parenting journey and cheer you on by bringing you a series of Parent Education Programs (P.E.P. Talks) presented by well-known parenting experts.

Typically, our Parent Ed nights are “dates nights,” complete with childcare and a meal… Can’t do that during COVID, so we’re improvising!  We’re going to package these virtual PEP Talks with a Kid’s Huddle-Up packet to keep your kiddos busy with crafts and fun stuff while you listen and a quick meal idea to pick up from a local restaurant so you don’t have to cook! Here’s what you need to know:

WHEN:  Monday, September 28 from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

WHERE:  The comfort of your own couch

WHY: Because, wow, parenting can be hard at every stage.  Who wouldn’t want to pick the brain of a couple of parenting pros?


PEP Talks Archive

Watch Mike Singletary on "Touchdown Parenting"

Watch Paul Coughlin on "Raising Bully-Proof Kids"

Watch Tough Stuff Parenting w/ Pastors Paul Basden & Jim Johnson

View Dr. Trumbull's Slide Presentation

Stay tuned for a link to Dr. Trumbull's slide presentation from Love Your Child, Lead Your Child. 

Below you can watch the Digital Insanity video Dr. Trubmull shared during his presentation.

Watch Dr. Den Trumbull's Talk on Loving & Leading Children

Dr. Den Trumbull – Love Your Child, Lead Your Child

Den A. Trumbull, MD is a pediatrician in practice for over thirty years, author, and co-founder and past president of the American College of Pediatricians. We are grateful for his willingness to share his presentation “Love Your Child, Lead Your Child” with us.
Dr. Trumbull has had a special interest in behavioral pediatrics for decades and has written and spoken nationally on the topic of parenting. He has also authored several scientific papers for the American College of Pediatricians. His appearances, interviews, and writings include Parenting MagazineParade Magazine, CBS 48 Hours, Time Magazine, Fox News, CNN News, NPR, Washington TimesFamily Life Today, and World Magazine. In the fall of 2018, Dr. Trumbull published his parenting book, Loving by Leading: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy and Responsible Children.

For more from Dr. Trumbull visit

Watch Dr. Ken Wilgus "Taming the Technology Beast"


Dr. Ken Wilgus – Taming the Technology Beast

Dr. Wilgus is a licensed psychologist and sought-after speaker who regularly teaches on a wide range of topics relating to parenting, marriage, family, and faith. Wilgus is the former Director of Psychology for the Child and Adolescent Department at the Minirth-Meier Clinic, and he currently maintains a private, outpatient practice in Dallas, Texas. He is also the author of Feeding The Mouth That Bites You, a guide for parents of adolescents. In addition, he is a co-founder of “RingLeaders,” a men’s ministry focused on strengthening the role of husbands in Christian marriage.
Recent reports show that in today’s world, teenagers spend an average of nine hours a day on a tech device—cell phone, computer, video game, tablet, etc. Tweens (8- through 12-year-olds) have almost 6 hours a day of screen time. Even our little ones are learning to operate technology far beyond what we could have imagined, as it’s not uncommon to see a young child with his mom’s cell phone as a babysitter.
Watch Rhett Smith's Talk on Youth and Anxiety


Rhett Smith – Youth and Anxiety


Rhett Smith is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Speaker, Author, and Coach, with over 22 years of experience in helping people transform their lives and relationships. He is currently in private practice in Plano, TX and has authored a book entitled The Anxious Christian: Can God Use Your Anxiety for Good?   Besides speaking, writing and coaching, Smith is part of a collaborative project with the Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine University, the WinShape Foundation and the Center for Vocational Ministry at Azusa Pacific University, where he helps teach and equip pastors about mental health issues in the Church. His specialty is anxiety and depression.

Watch Rob Rienow's "First Things First, Making Christ a Priority in Your Home" PEP Talk

Dr. Rob Rienow – First Things First, Making Christ a Priority in Your Home

We were so THRILLED to have Rob Rienow of Visionary Family Ministries speak to our parents and guests at our October 22nd PEP Talk!  Rob is a highly sought-after speaker based out of Chicago who has agreed to join us and share some of his parenting wisdom.  In addition to presenting at his public speaking engagements, Rob also serves as a pastor at Gospel Fellowship Church in Wheaton, IL. He is the author of the books God’s Grand Vision for the Home (Awana), Visionary ParentingReclaiming the Sufficiency of ScriptureLimited Church: Unlimited Kingdom (Randall House) and Never Too Late: Drawing Your Adult Child Back to Christ (Kregel). He and his wife Amy also wrote Visionary Marriage and Five Reasons For Spiritual Apathy In Teens (Randall House). The Rienow family lives in West Chicago, IL with their seven (yes seven!) children, so he is no stranger to parenting.  Check Rob out at . Rob brought his message, “First Things First, Making Christ a Priority in Your Home.”  We often get so wrapped up in activities and worldly endeavors with our kids that we don’t make time for what matters most. God has entrusted you with children for a reason! The biblical purpose of parenting is to do all in our power to impress the hearts of our children with a love for God. The souls of our children are our most important Great Commission calling.   Have you found yourself unintentionally drifting from that calling?  Rob Rienow will help you capture a new vision for your family! 

Watch Tommy Nelson's "Eight Essential Vitamins of a Child"

Tommy Nelson – Eight Essential Vitamins for a Child

He came, he saw, he left us with inspirational words! Legacy was absolutely honored to host PEP Talks speaker Tommy Nelson, Senior Pastor of Denton Bible Church, as he presented “Eight Essential Vitamins of a Child”.

Tommy Nelson has served as the pastor of Denton Bible Church for 41 years. He is also a best-selling author of numerous books including The Book of Romance, Better Love Now: Making Your Marriage a Lifelong Love Affair, A Life Well-Lived, The Story of God: Understanding the Bible from Beginning to End, The Big Picture, The 12 Essentials of Godly Success, Walking on Water When You Feel Like You’re Drowning and The Musings of an Evangelical Mind. Nelson has spoken around the country, featured on national broadcasts such as Focus on the Family, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Family Life Today, Josh McDowell, and For Faith and Family. He holds degrees in education and biblical studies and has been married to his wife Teresa for more than forty years. The couple has two adult sons and six grandchildren.

Watch Mr. McGee's Parenting Teens with Love and Logic PEP Talk

Bill McGee – Parenting Teens with Love and Logic

Our very own Head of School, Bill McGee, launched the PEP Talks program with his presentation on Parenting Teens with Love and Logic. You can watch his message in the video above and also reference the slides from his presentation. He had a lot of great advice and pointers for parents. You can also read the blog summarizing his presentation. Parenting Teens With Love And Logic

Parent Testimonials

Thank you for doing these PEP Talks to equip us more aptly to raise our children in the fear and love of our God! I will take all the help I can get to raise Jonathan and Andrew as Kingdom men, who are unrestricted in their love of and service to our Father. I praise God for Legacy Christian Academy, our covenant school, who has partnered with us for 13 years now in raising Jonathan and Andrew. Thanks to things like these PEP Talks, I am growing even stronger in being a counter-cultural parent, who has tools to victoriously walk through the myriad of challenges facing our family in this world. Bless you!!!

Alison Darrell

Legacy Parent

Thank you for enabling us to watch via live stream. I was traveling, but was still able to tune in from the airport.  I love that you're giving parents the opportunity to learn and be intentional in their parenting.

Christina Feuz

Legacy Parent

Guidance Staff

Jena Snyder

Jena Snyder

Director of Guidance

Dr. Lana Snear

Dr. Lana Snear