Marriage and Engaged Encounter Board Members

Marriage and Engaged Encounter Board Members

Meet our Marriage Encounter presenters over on the ME Presenters page and our Engaged Encounter presenters over on the EE Presenters page.

John & Doris Bender

Assistant Coordinator

“We believe marriage was instituted and designed by God to meet the deep human needs of belonging and of sharing life with another, with understanding and appreciation for each other. However, we see so many couples who struggle or whose marriage brings only pain and grief. We feel privileged to work with an organization that provides tools to help couples build a marriage that is strong, mutually satisfying, and honors God.”

Lin & Marla Hoober


“Serving on the board of Marriage Encounter has been a way for us to invest in helping marriages thrive, which seems to be particularly important in today’s culture. We had the privilege in 2016 to attend a weekend and were truly blessed by it. Being involved as coordinator and board members is a way that we also hope to bless other couples.”

Matthew & Cindy Rennie


Gene & Nancy Forrey

Board Chairman

“We attended our Marriage Encounter Weekend in 1985 and we were invited and felt God’s calling to become a part of Marriage Encounter as a Presenting Couple in 1986. We are currently serving on the Engaged and Marriage Encounter Board. We believe that M.E. is a positive tool to enrich marriage and to help in communication in relationships. Christ calls us to be salt and light to the World. Through our marriages the World can see and experience Christ in us when our marriages are vibrant and life giving.”

Darin & Jessica Martin

“Being involved in Mennonite and Brethren Marriage and Engaged Encounter has greatly enriched our marriage, and we are continually blessed to see the way it is impacting lives and marriages for God’s kingdom. In this time when Biblical marriage is under fire, this ministry is promoting God’s vision for marriage.”

Emory & Idella Otto

“Ephesians 5 verse 1 begins, ‘Be imitators of God… and live a life of love just as Christ loved us…’ It gives us specific ways to imitate Christ in our marriage. Our goal is to assist couples as they strengthen their relationship. In doing so, we help them become imitators of God and reflect His love to others.”

We are a couple with the message of ‘God can do for you, what He has done for us – that of keeping our marriage vibrant and alive for a lifetime.’”

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Ephrata, PA 17522 U.S.A.
(717) 569-5676

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