Couples’ Prayer Advance

Featured Speaker:

Dave Teis


Harold & Debbie Vaughan

Worship Leader:

Dan Vaughn & PA Band

CLICK HERE to register now! (Coming Soon)

CLICK HERE to download the postcard. (Coming Soon)

When is the Couples' Advance?

October 10-12, 2024

Where is the Couples' Advance?

Virginia's Blue Ridge - Roanoke, VA

Venue: "Villa Heights Baptist Church"

Address: 4080 Challenger Ave NE, Roanoke, VA 24012

What is the Couples' Advance?

Every Advance features heart-directed preaching, heart-felt congregational worship, and heart-to-heart fellowship. We have no axes to grind and no agendas to promote. This specific event is designed for married couples to take time away with each other to rest, seek renewal in their relationship with the Lord, and put in intentional work on their marriage relationship no matter the stage or condition.

This Year's Theme:

The Bible says that “Love never fails”. How can this be? The preceding line of Scripture tells us that love “bears all, believes all, hopes all, and endures all things.” Love in the Bible is sacrificial, and it is steadfast. This type of love is rooted and displayed in God’s character. It is not a whimsical feeling, but instead it is an informed decision that produces action. It is time that we build a steadfast and enduring love in our marriages. It will take work, but love ought never to fail!

Where To Stay

You are responsible for your own accommodations and meals.

Airbnb Keyword Suggestions: 

  • Mountain/Secluded (Can be a little further depending on exact location, check distance): “Catawba”, “Blue Ridge”, “Peaks of Otter”, “Bent Mountain”, “Montvale"
  • Near or on the Water: “Moneta”, “Smith Mountain Lake” (a little farther from venue, check exact distance).
  • Near Venue: “Blue Ridge, VA”, “24064“, "Troutville"

Hotels With Group Rates:

  • Best Western Troutville ($83 per night + tax) - Click Here
  • Mainstay Suites Valley View ($83 per night + tax) - Click Here

Bed & Breakfast Suggestions:

  • Shirley's Bed & Breakfast 
  • Bent Mountain Lodge
  • Black Lantern Inn

Where To Eat

  • Harold & Debbie’s Choice: "Sal's Italian Eatery" (Close)
  • Stephen & Emily’s Choice: “Pokey Joe’s” in Vinton (Close)
  • Close-by Venue: "El Rodeo", "Famous A's", "Top Dawgs", "Cracker Barrel", "Cafe Asia", “Dogwood Restaurant”, “Tizzone Wood Fired Kitchen”, “Pollard 107 South” 
  • Fine Dining (Get Reservations): Award winning "Alexander's" in Roanoke, "Fortunato’s" Fine Italian, "Six & Sky Rooftop Grille"
  • Experience: "Kabuki Japanese Restaurant" & "Swinging Bridge Restaurant","Six & Sky Rooftop Grille"
  • Local & Fresh: "Hollywood's Restaurant & Bakery", "Local Roots", & "Bloom"
  • Chains w/ Fantastic Local Locations: "Longhorn", Carrabba's, & "Mission BBQ"
  • Deserts: "Blue Cow Ice Cream", "Bubblecake", & "Rookie's"
  • Breakfast: “Scratch Biscuit Company”, “Our Daily Bread”, “Scrambled”, “First Watch”

What To Do

  • Outdoors
    • Check out beautiful Smith Mountain Lake and all it's activities.
    • Like mountain biking? Roanoke is the mountain biking capital of the east coast.
    • Hike Mcafee's Knob (ranked as the most photographed spot on the Appalachian trail). If you like hiking, we have amazing hikes ranging in difficulty all within 45 minutes or less from Roanoke.
    • Visit the Roanoke Explore Park and go on a zip lining tour through the forest or hike the beautiful trails.
    • Like Disc Golf? Roanoke features one of the state's top 5 courses @ Mayflower Hills Park and many others.
    • Enjoy fishing as a couple? The area features no end of opportunities for trout fishing in streams, bass fishing at Smith Mountain Lake, muskogee fishing in surrounding rivers, and a lot more.
    • Go skiing, snowboarding, or tubing no matter the weather. Check out Liberty Mountain SnowFlex Centre in Lynchburg.
    • Feel like golfing? There are no shortage of courses close by. Visit: "Ashley Plantation", "Blue Hills Golf Course", "Hanging Rock Golf Club", and others.
    • Go kayaking or tubing for the morning on the James River with "Twin River Outfitters" or on the Roanoke River with "Roanoke Mountain Adventures".
  • Shopping
    • The area features many Antique shops like as seen on TV Black Dog Salvage and others that offer endless antiquing. 
    • Visit the world famous Floyd Country Store in quaint downtown Floyd and experience a charming small town experience in the mountains.
    • Visit Lynchburg treasure hunt for a unique shopping experience on incredible deals.
    • Go to the Mast General Store in downtown Roanoke for a mix of modern meets old time department store.
    • Visit Roanoke Mountain Adventures for an outdoor outfitters shopping experience
  • Slower Pace Activities
    • Visit the iconic Roanoke Star and get one of the most beautiful views of the Blue Ridge mountains, without having to hike at all.
    • Ride the Blue Ridge Parkway and view the beautiful fall leaves.
    • Ride electric bikes along the rive and beautiful Roanoke Greenway. Check out Roanoke Mountain Adventures.
    • Visit the historic and gorgeous Peaks of Otter.
    • Like coffee? Visit delicious and cute coffee shops like top-rated RND Coffee, Cello Coffee Cafe (Turkish coffee), and many others.
    • Like history? You can take a short drive to visit the birthplace of Booker T. Washington, the D-Day memorial, or Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest Estate.
    • Mix it up with history and nature, and visit the Natural Bridge (a limestone bridge created by water running through it and carving out the rock) then go to the Virginia Safari Park nearby and take one of the most up-close and personal animal tours all from the comfort of your car.
    • Feeling a little more romantic: Get a couples massage at places like "Body and Sole Therapy", or try a couples salt therapy float at "Still Water Floatation".
  • And so much more... Check out: Explore Virginia's Blue Ridge.

Additional Resources & Important Links

  1. CLICK HERE to Register Now
  2. CLICK HERE to Download the Registration Form (PDF copy) 
  3. CLICK HERE to Download the Couples Advance Postcard (PDF copy)  

Tentative Schedule

Session times are approximate. See your Advance program (given at check-in) for actual times.

  • Thursday – 6 - 6:30pm – Check-in
  • Thursday – 6:30pm – Optional Session 1
  • Thursday – 8:15pm – Optional Session 2
  • Friday – 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Check-in
  • Friday – 1:00pm – Session 1
  • Friday – 3:45pm – Session 2
  • Friday – 4:30 – 6:45pm – Free for Dinner
  • Friday – 6:45pm – Session 3
  • Friday – 8:15pm – Session 4
  • Saturday – 9:00am – Session 5
  • Saturday – 10:15am – Session 6

Contact Us

Christ Life Ministries, Inc.
PO Box 399 Vinton, VA 24179
Phone: 540-890-6100


“The Advance allowed us to refocus, reacquaint, and recharge our marriage and appreciation for one another. Learning God’s plan for a happy and fruitful marriage in a place so full of the Holy Spirit was just what we needed and we are so thankful to have attended.”

“Thank you so much for the couples advance! It was our first one and it was fantastic; my husband and I really enjoyed it.”

“We enjoyed our first Couples Advance. We enjoyed the music, speakers, and sweet spirit of everyone we met. Thank you for both the time and effort you both put into planning this event.”

“Praise The Lord! God is really working on our marriage to make it more heavenly and we would like to share that message.”