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Real Family Talk with Willie and Elaine Oliver

Through engaging, informative, and spiritual discussions about issues facing todayʼs families, Real Family Talk seeks to strengthen families and inspire hope. In each edition, the Olivers draw from their pastoral, educational, and counseling experience to navigate discussions about family life, approaching each topic with practical solutions and sound biblical principles.

About Real Family Talk

In 2012, Adventist Family Ministries and Hope Channel teamed up to produce Real Family Talk with Willie and Elaine Oliver. The weekly, 30-minute program, hosted by the Olivers, debuted in October 2012, and airs on Hope Channel, Hope Channel Europe, and Hope Channel International.

Through engaging, informative, and spiritual discussions about issues facing todayʼs families, Real Family Talk seeks to strengthen families and inspire hope. In each edition, the Olivers draw from their pastoral, educational, and counseling experience to navigate discussions about family life, approaching each topic with practical solutions and sound biblical principles.

“We believe that when you have stronger marriages, you are more likely to have stronger families, stronger churches, and stronger communities,” says Willie, a pastor and family sociologist who serves as Director of Family Ministries for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

“We want to equip families with the tools necessary to build relationships, improve communication, and make important decisions,” adds Elaine, an educator and counseling psychologist who joins her husband in directing the worldwide ministry.

Their program opens with a “chat” on recent news about marriage and families, transitions to more in-depth discussions often with guests, and ends with usable advice.

“The Olivers are really good at talking about everyday life in a spiritual context. Their program provides viewers an excellent opportunity to connect and engage in spiritual discussions about the questions we ask and the situations we experience,” says Celeste Ryan Blyden, communication director for the Columbia Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, who serves as the program’s senior producer.


Season 8 Topics Highlights

Children

Your Questions Answered – Technology and the Family

Are you having a hard time getting your children to settle down and go to sleep at night? Willie and Elaine Oliver answer your questions on the increased use of technology and its impact on the family, how it can lead to sleep disorders and poor development in children. 

Activities to Enhance Family Living

Let’s face it. Technology has become a big part of our world and our lives. Willie and Elaine Oliver with will share family-friendly and fun activities that promote communication, engagement, and learning without the device screens.

Education

Help for Parents Navigating The Age of Violence

Parenting teens is one of toughest responsibilities specially with rising level of violence in today’s society. Willie and Elaine Oliver share some helpful tips to guide teenagers through those critical adolescence years.

Beyond Social Media – Needs of Today’s Youth

Real Family Talk reviews the critical teen years and parenting challenges with Dr. Andrés Peralta. Willie and Elaine Oliver and Dr. Peralta guide parents on how to deal with significant struggles such as the negative impact of social media in a teen’s life and the needs youth face today.

Faith

Your Questions Answered – Marriage Woes

Have you ever felt like you’re talking, but your spouse isn’t paying attention or really listening to what you are saying? You’re not alone. Join Willie and Elaine Oliver to learn more about marriage and relationships.

Family Ministries Centennial

Willie and Elaine Oliver celebrate one-hundred years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church family ministries across the globe.   The Olivers take a look the origins and future of Family Ministries and how leaders across the world continue to champion initiatives to benefit families.

Family

Super Moms

“Supermom” is defined as “a woman who performs the traditional duties of housekeeping and child-rearing while also having a full-time job.” Is it possible to do it all? Join Willie and Elaine Oliver to learn how a group of moms balance marriage, motherhood and work. 

Your Questions Answered – Parenting Woes

Parenting is a full-time job, but most of us are juggling work, home-life, church, and many other commitments. How can we successfully raise healthy, happy, well-balanced children? Join Willie and Elaine Oliver for answers on real family questions.

Health

Five Myths About Mental Health

Depression is the world’s leading cause of disability, and it contributes to 800,000 suicides per year, the majority of which occur in developing countries. Join Willie and Elaine Oliver as they discuss with Dr. Torben Bergland this critical issue.

Living with Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is a bacterial disease transmitted to humans through the bite of tiny infected ticks. Willie and Elaine Oliver interview a family that learned to deal with the terrible disease and keep their faith strong, despite this trial.