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Tribute dinner to honor Brecheen and Faulkner following final marriage seminar

Carl Brecheen and Paul Faulkner
Paul Faulkner and Carl Brecheen

Abilene Christian University will host a tribute dinner celebrating the careers of Drs. Carl Brecheen and Paul Faulkner Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. following the conclusion of their final Marriage Enrichment Seminar. The dinner will be held at the Teague Special Events Center on the ACU campus.

Brecheen and Faulkner began their Celebration of Marriage Seminar, also known as the Marriage Enrichment Seminar, in 1974 as an effort to help couples improve their marriages. The 10-hour weekend seminar features sessions to help couples strengthen and enrich their relationships.

The seminar has been presented by Brecheen and Faulkner to more than 90,000 couples in more than 33 states and seven foreign countries. The final seminar of their 32-year ministry will be held at University Church of Christ in Abilene Dec. 1-2.

"Paul and Carl were among the early ones in the field of marriage enrichment," said Dr. Royce Money, president of ACU. "Since that time, scores of videos and DVDs have been made by various Christian authors and counselors.  By any measure, they have to be considered among the national leaders in the field."

Brecheen and Faulkner first met in 1948 as freshman roommates at ACU, and both graduated from ACU in 1952. Brecheen, professor emeritus of Bible, ministry and missions, began teaching at ACU in 1961 and was named Teacher of the Year in 1970.

Faulkner, professor emeritus of Bible at ACU, served as the chair of the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy from 1978-89 and was named Teacher of the Year in 1982. Brecheen and Faulkner, along with their wives, Smitty and Gladys, were co-recipients of the university's Christian Service Award in 2001.

"There is no way to measure the impact Paul and Carl have had across the country in recent decades," said Money. "They have told me that time after time couples come up to them and tell them that they are happily together as a married couple because of Carl and Paul's influence.  Because of this far-reaching contribution in our brotherhood and far beyond, they have to be recognized as a major force for building stronger marriages in recent decades."

Tickets for the tribute dinner are $15 per person and may be purchased by calling 325-674-2622. The deadline to purchase tickets is Nov. 28.