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Power Parenting


Four professionals -- and parents -- share secrets and surprising facts on successful parenting in a four-part series starting Sunday morning, October 21 during our 9:15-10:15 Christian education hour:

Sunday, October 21

  • F. Charles Frey, IV, PhD, ABPP/CP, holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia, and completed his internship at the New Orleans VA Medical Center with a specialization in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. He has been in practice since 2004, specializing in psychological assessment and treatment of individuals coping with chronic pain, depression, and anxiety (including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder). He and his wife, Ashley, are the parents of three children.
  • He will speak on Raising Happy Children in an Anxious World.

Sunday, October 28

  • Mary Pesses, LCSW, is a therapist in private practice working with children and adolescents, and her areas of focus include anxiety, depression, parenting, and behavioral difficulties. A graduate of Wofford College, she and her husband, Josh, are the parents of three children.
  • Her topic is Parenting Children for Resilience in Today's Culture.

Sunday, November 4

  • Annie Jung is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Louisiana and California with an MA in Clinical Counseling, and specializing in children, teens, and families. She and her husband are the parents of three children. Annie is the Director of Youth Ministry at St. James, and has been involved in Episcopal youth ministry at the church and diocesan levels for over 21 years. She also works on the Admissions and Marketing team with the St. James Day School. Annie has recently applied for postulancy in the Diocese of Louisiana (candidate for seminary/ordination). 
  • Annie will speak on Spiritual Strength for Parenting: Intertwining the gift of God’s abundance for you as a parent with practical approaches for family-strengthening spiritual practices.

Sunday, November 11

  • Eydie Comeaux is an author, educator, professional trainer and speaker, wife of an Episcopal priest, mother of six sons, and with "eight grandkids and counting!" The author of A Parent's Book of Uncommon Prayer, Eydie navigates the often-muddy waters of childhood, adolescence, children turned young adults, in-laws, and blending families. These true stories are both heart breaking and joy making. Eydie recounts the daily struggles of trying to raise Christian children in today's world.
  • Using scripture as a guide, Eydie finds sense and comfort in the everyday challenges of parenting. "If you're a single parent, I've been there. If you're divorced, I've been there. If you're in a solid marriage, I'm happy to say I finally got there too! This book is validation that you are not alone, and there is not only hope for the journey, but companionship and humor too."
    Testimony that love is often found in the most unexpected places, A Parent's Book of Uncommon Prayer is entertaining and inspirational for parents and children of all ages.
  • She will speak on Parenting Parables: The Power of Positivity and Prayer.


The series will run from 9:15 until 10:15 a.m. each of these Sunday mornings, and meet on the third floor of BISHOPS HALL. This is a new area to the Sunday morning class rotation list. Stairs are located at the northeast and southeast corners of Bishops Hall, and the elevator is along the east wall (behind the stage). Coffee will be ready and waiting.

And, a little lagniappe, on Sunday, November 11: Our speakers have also agreed to a time of full-panel, round-table discussion, after our 10:30 a.m. worship service, also on the third floor of Bishops Hall.