Lee and Lois Merritt
Lee and Lois met as young adults at a weekly church gathering. After dating for 9 months, they began planning their wedding and were married in 1966. They’ve been very blessed with two sons and a daughter, and with two grandsons whom they love to grandparent. Lois taught elementary school for 25 years before retiring; but she still enjoys tutoring, and she teaches Bible stories each week to children of all ages. Until he retired in 2010, Lee served for many years as Vice President for Finance at Fuller Theological Seminary. With a spiritual gift of administration, he now enjoys serving on multiple non-profit Boards.
Sylvester & Carolyn Williams
Sylvester & Carolyn serve as pastoral leaders of a wide-ranging marriage ministry at Pasadena Church. (http://www.pasadenachurch.com/WhoWeAre);
Currently, Carolyn home-schools some of their grandchildren. She holds a BA in Child Development and an MA in Collaborative Educational Leadership.
Sylvester is a real estate developer/manager, holding a BA in Psychology and a Certificate in Biblical Counseling
- The Williams demonstrate the spiritual gifts of wisdom, hospitality, leadership, exhortation, service, and spiritual maturity;
- Their smaller church context and intercultural experience is a valuable asset to the Hope4Marriages Board.
- Each of them is passionate about Christ-honoring marriages. Both of them thrive when they are encouraging married couples in their walk with Jesus Christ.
Sylvester & Carolyn have mentored married couples from both Pasadena Church and Lake Avenue Church since 2015.
Chris and Sara Jennings
Chris and Sara met working in the trenches on their university’s newspaper staff. Working many late nights with sleep-deprived jokes led them to fall in love. They are still laughing together after 20 years of marriage; growing in love for each other with three kids and a full, delicious plate of life. Sara is in children’s ministry, a professional volunteer, water-lover, and salad epicurean. Chris is an attorney, little league coach, baseball fanatic, and record collector. They are passionate about seeing families thrive through growing marriages and healthy children.
Greg and Joyce Millikan
Greg and Joyce met in Jr Hi over a dissecting tray. Greg was the good-looking lab assistant; Joyce, the student with questions aimed at keeping Greg near her desk. They married while in college, and now, after years of excitement & adventures together, they gladly make time to enjoy their two married sons, eight grandsons and one grand-daughter. Early on, Greg and Joyce experienced what doesn’t work in marriage. Divorce followed eight years after their wedding, but that wasn’t the end of the story. Based on new-found faith in Jesus Christ, they remarried 4 years later. While Joyce is President of Hope4Marriages Mentoring, she also enjoys bike riding, reading, and swimming. Greg is an active attorney, ex-pro-baseball player, and enthusiastic adventurist. Greg and Joyce enjoy mentoring married couples, helping them to refresh and re-kindle their love for God and each other.