Join us in Centennial Chapel on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University for a fantastic evening of programming, featuring marriage ‘Edu-tainers’ and family-friendly comedy.

The Laffoons
Michael Jr.

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The first 1000 couples who purchase tickets prior to the event will receive the free book, The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages, as our gift to you (available for you at the event).

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speakers: the laffoons

The Laffoons fearlessly share their own experiences as they unravel what they’ve learned about the mysteries of intimate relationships, believing that all married couples share the same struggles and joys along the journey! 

Their humorous and entertaining transparency offers couples permission to laugh with each other and courage to continue growing a future together.

After meeting on a blind date in 1984, their brief courtship has since transformed into a daily marital celebration. Having ministered together with Youth for Christ for 15 years, along with interviewing thousands of couples, they’ve gained tremendous insight into marriage and family issues. Now they’ve been presenting comedy infused marriage events for more than 17 years!

Growing up in Petoskey Michigan, Jay, holds degrees in biblical literature and music. Laura grew up in Atlanta Georgia (home of their famous blind date) and holds a degree in social ministries.

Both Jay and Laura previously served on staff at Youth for Christ, and currently serve on staff at Mt Pleasant Community Church, coordinating their marriage and family care ministry. They are also part of an exclusive group of certified instructors for Dynamic Communications International.

Together, Jay and Laura have written numerous books. They currently live in Michigan. They have two children: a teenage daughter, Grace and son, Torrey who is married to Shana, a wonderful addition to the family. Jay and Laura founded Celebrate Ministries, Inc. in 1995.

speaker: Michael Jr.

Hailed as one of today’s most gifted comedians, Michael had an entry into comedy that was almost preordained. Years ago in a crowded Grand Rapids, Michigan movie theater, the projector malfunctioned.

The film snapped, the house lights came on, and acting on a dare, young Michael jumped in front of the restless crowd and took center stage. When the theater manager tried to usher him out, the audience demanded he stay. And Michael Jr. discovered his gift.

Comedian George Wallace offered Michael his first break when he took him to the legendary Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, home of Jay Leno and "The Tonight Show" staff. The club's owner slipped Michael onstage. A week later Michael was performing at the "Just for Laughs" comedy festival in Montreal, where he became the first comedian to ever appear live via satellite on "The Tonight Show."

That performance catapulted Michael's career and has resulted in additional appearances on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, BET's ComicView, Jimmy Kimmel Live, CNN, and Bryon Allen's Comic Unleashed and ComedyTV. You'll also find him at the most prestigious comedy clubs across the nation, including The Improv, The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store, The Punchline, The Comic Strip, and Zanies Comedy Club. And if that's not enough, Michael's versatility takes him from major Universities such as University of Notre Dame, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Alabama, to church events ranging from the 60,000 member Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago to the 17,000 member West Angeles Church in L.A to the 10,000 member New Life Church in Colorado Springs.

How can one man be equally at home in the heartland and the inner city, churches and prisons, corporate events and youth rallies? Michael calls it comedy accountability.

"If I'm in a club, my material has to be clean enough to work in a church. If I'm in a pulpit, it has to be funny enough to work in a club."

It is this versatility that has enabled Michael to author a children's book - The Parts We Play, to be featured in the wildly successful comedy DVD Thou Shalt Laugh, and to have made his directorial debut with Comedy The Road Less Traveled, that is available in stores nationally, or

On the home front, Michael is happily married. He and his wife are the proud parents of five beautiful children.


ticket locations

Love Christian Center

249 S. Schuyler
Kankakee, IL

Shine.FM Studio

450 S. Main
Bourbonnais, IL

Joy’s Hallmark

17 Meadowview
Kankakee, IL

King Music

670 W. Broadway St.
Bradley, IL


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Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel
Olivet Nazarene University
Bourbonnais, IL 60914

  • If southbound on I-57, follow exit ramp as it curves to right onto Route 50 South
  • If northbound on I-57, follow exit ramp to traffic light, then turn left onto Route 50 South
  • Turn right onto Armour Road (Denny’s Restaurant on corner)
  • Turn left onto Route 45 (Speedway gas station on corner)
  • Continue on Route 45 to second traffic light. Turn left onto University Avenue (main Campus entrance).
  • At the stop sign, turn left and follow the curve past College Church. Centennial Chapel is past College Church on the right.

Get Parking

Parking is available on the east side of the building. You can also park in the following nearby lots: Weber Business Center (north of the Chapel), College Church (west of the Chapel).