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For Better or For Worse Marriage Conference

For Better or For Worse

A marriage conference at Central Church

April 29 – 30

2005 Winchester Blvd, Collierville, TN

Registration is currently closed online. But if you would like to attend, please fill out this form so we can contact you.

Meet the couple who are

helping marriages win

Meet the couple who are

helping marriages win

Pat Nemmers has been the lead pastor at Saylorville Church in Des Moines, Iowa since 1998. He was born in 1958 and grew up in Waterloo, Iowa in a devout Roman Catholic home. While working in the factory at John Deere Tractor Manufacturer he heard the Gospel and shortly thereafter trusted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. Sensing God’s call to preach he attended bible college in Ankeny, Iowa.

After having seven children and sixteen years of marriage, Pat’s first wife passed away. In this dark season, God’s Word was a comfort and brought revival to Pat.  Psalm 72:20 says, “You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again.”

Eventually, the Lord saw fit to bring Pat and Marilyn together in 1997. Marilyn was also a widower with three children. With a new marriage and a new family, God led Pat and Marilyn through a new season of ministry and a season of joy.

Today, Pat and Marilyn are able to look back on the hard times in their marriage and see how God has been faithful. They will open up about one of those hard times and six rules that, though kept imperfectly, have helped their marriage to remain fruitful. In sharing these rules their prayer is that your marriage will be more fruitful as well.

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What is this marriage

conference all about?

You’ve probably heard the old vows, “I take thee to be my wedded wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.”

With vows like that, it’s hard to imagine that the average length of a marriage in America is 8.2 years, and some 40-50% of marriages end in divorce.* While divorce is on a downward trend from 10 years ago, there is no doubt that marriages are still struggling.

Hebrews 13:4 says, “Let marriage be held in honor among all.” The Better or For Worse marriage conference will help you understand what it means to honor your spouse so that you can enjoy the better times and work through the worse times.

*Source: Legaljobs.io



Why should I come?

Pat Nemmers

Fine Dining

We’re providing an amazing meal for you and your spouse. Our house chef is creating a delicious menu for you to enjoy with your loved one. 

Pat Nemmers

Discover What Truly Matters

It’s too easy to forget what truly matters in marriage. This conference will help you re-discover the important aspects of marriage that will help your marriage stay strong.

Pat Nemmers

Enjoy a Date on Us

Whether you have 5 kids at home or are an empty nester, we’re putting together a special date box for you to enjoy on your own schedule.


Have questions? We have answers!

Where will it happen?

For Better or For Worse will take place in Central’s Worship Center. Enter our parking lot on the East Winchester entrance (the entrance closest to Bailey Station Rd).

How much does the conference cost?

The conference costs $40 per couple. The conference includes:

  • One night and one morning of sessions from speaker Pat Nemmers
  • Dinner and dessert on Friday night
  • Breakfast on Saturday morning
  • A special date box for you and your spouse
  • A guide for you and your spouse to take home
Is childcare provided?


We will provide childcare for children in 5th grade or younger. 

What time is the marriage conference?

The event will span Friday Night and Saturday morning on April 29 and 30.

Friday Night

6:00 pm – Doors Open

6:30 pm – Dinner is Served and childcare available

7:00 pm – Session #1 – Beauty for Ashes

8:00 pm – 5 Min break

8:05 pm – Session #2- Accepting your lot

8:30 pm – Dessert & Fellowship

9:00 pm – Pick up your kids and head home.

Saturday Morning

8:00 am – Doors Open (Continental Breakfast)

9:00 am – Session #3 – Confessions of an Imperfect Marriage

10:00 am – Breakout Session (Men in the High School Room & Women in the Fellowship Hall)

11:00 am – Session #4 – Q&A with Pat and Marilyn Nemmers and Matt and Ashley Shackelford

12:00 am – Pick up your kids and head home

What is the menu?

We have options for those who are vegetarian or gluten-free. When you register, you’ll be given an option to choose your preference.

Garden Fresh Salad with homemade Vinaigrette

No dietary restrictions | Filet Mignon with Mushroom Cream Linguine
Gluten-Free |  Filet Mignon with gluten-free Mushroom Cream Linguine
Vegetarian | Eggplant parmigiana with Semolina Linguine

Deconstructed Tiramisu

On Saturday, we’ll provide breakfast as well.

What type of church is Central?

Central Church is a non-denominational church in Collierville, TN. To find out more about our beliefs and values, check out the Who Are We? page.

Who All Is Invited?

Anyone who is married! Whether you’ve been together 5 months or 50 years, the Better or For Worse marriage conference will help you and your spouse grow closer together, while also growing closer to God.

you’re invited!

We can’t wait to meet you and see your marriage reignited.