We began our journey with the Marriage Ministry in 2008 when we attended the Grace Pre-Marital Workshop. Since neither one of us grew up in the church, we were unsure what to expect. The workshop exceeded our expectations and challenged us to look at our relationship and how to make it stronger. Directly after, we were placed with a mentor couple to help us navigate the transition from dating to marriage. This was also an incredible experience and we felt grateful to be invested by our assigned couple. We met weekly for several months before our wedding.
Once married, we wanted to connect with other newly-married couples to talk about marriage, communication, and other challenges that a life change can bring. With guidance from Erich and Ginny, we decided to start our own life group with five other newly-married couples. We are still today in a life group with some of the couples we started with several years ago!
Since we felt that the Pre-Marital Workshop offered us so much helpful and relevant information as well as the mentorship, we wanted to be a part of that mission. We joined the Marriage Ministry team as volunteers to help with the food prep, set-up and break down, etc., and it wasn't long before we were given an opportunity to speak to the new couples about communication first and then intimacy in a marriage. We also threw our hats in to become mentors ourselves, and we have since mentored several couples.
As we approach our eleventh year in marriage, we have again found ourselves as part of the Marriage Ministry on the receiving side. We have been seeking guidance from Erich and Ginny as we try to find a balance of life with small children and demanding careers.
We are so incredibly grateful for this ministry and the constant influence it has had on our marriage. We have watched and learned from every couple we have met, and hope to bless couples with the love and guidance we have so willingly be given.
-Holly and Quincy