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.