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Ana and Jacob

Ana and Jacob are online Marriage Prep instructors.

Ana and Jacob are from the same small town in southwest Iowa and were married in 2014. They enjoy traveling, biking, camping, and spending time with family. While they now move occasionally around the country, they always find their home in the local Catholic Church.

Aness and Ian

Aness and Ian are online marriage prep instructors.

It is through the singles ministry of the Couples for Christ, a Catholic family-renewal organization, that they met each other serving in the poor communities in their area. They were married in 2012 and have three children. Aness is an accountant by profession but is currently a stay at home mom. She used to work as a bank employee and as a public accounting practitioner. Ian has been a Values Education teacher in a public junior high school for 4 years. He also conducts recollections, values formations, leadership trainings and team building activities for students and employees. He used to work as a guidance counsellor at a university and HR practitioner in Batangas. They are actively serving in Couples for Christ in their area.

Angela and Darby

Angela and Darby are Online Marriage Prep Instructors.

They have been married for more than 15 years. They currently reside in Iowa. Angela is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and Darby is the Director of Religious Education at a local parish. Both Darby and Angela are actively involved in their parish. They serve as Eucharistic Ministers and Greeters. They have two teenage children, one boy and one girl. In their spare time, they like to play games with friends. Angela and Darby want to assist you in the process of preparing for marriage and life after marriage.

Ariel and John

Ariel and John are online Baptism prep instructors.

They are High School sweethearts and have been married for 3 years. They are hoping to grow their family soon through the gift of adoption. They are originally from New Jersey, but are currently living in Corpus Christi, Texas. Before moving to Texas, they live in Maine working as Catholic college campus missionaries for 3 years. John now works in youth ministry for a local Catholic parish and Ariel works as a tax preparer. They are excited to serve families in this role as instructors!

Audrey and Jason

Audrey and Jason are online and live instructors for marriage prep, living in Colorado with their six children.

 

Beth and Doug

Beth and Doug are online marriage prep instructors.

They are Illinois and Iowa natives but have lived in Wisconsin for 8 years. Both serve the church professionally in the areas of youth ministry and marriage and family ministry. Their interest in the family began in undergrad when they discovered Theology of the Body. They have 6 children and a very active and joyful family life.

Brittany and Evan 

Brittany and Evan are online Baptism prep instructors.

I was born in Denver, Colorado and have 4 older brothers. I was raised in a Catholic family and have attended Catholic schools for most of my education. I attended Regis University in Denver, being involved with Students for Life and in 2016, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Peace and Justice. During my college years, my future husband (Evan) and I became best friends and in 2018, we were married at Holy Apostles Catholic Church. We have one child in heaven (Killian) who was still born, one beautiful daughter (Mina) who is two years old and one daughter (Amelia) on the way!

It is a great joy to be a part of Agape Catholic Ministries as I have always felt drawn to ministry. Both my husband and I volunteer at our parish in Youth Ministry and enjoy helping to bring God’s truth to others. I look forward to working with you!

 
 

Carmen and Rudy

Carmen and Rudy are from Peru where they met and got married in 1993.

In 2002, they moved to the USA for work and have dedicated more than 10 years to prepare couples to get married as well as form CMP instructors nationwide. They have a vast experience working with the Hispanic community and have given presentations on the Sacrament of Matrimony in several communities, in Arizona, Washington, Ohio, California, Louisiana, and Colorado where they live.

In addition, they are online CMP instructors for engaged couples and Carmen is a teacher and helps with the spiritual formation of the girls who will celebrate their Quinceañera Mass as part of a Hispanic tradition. They are both very active in their parish and lead the Natural Family Planning Ministry in Spanish for the Diocese of Colorado Springs.

Catie and Thomas

Catie and Thomas are online Baptism prep instructors.

They were both born and raised in Colorado. Catie graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work. Thomas is currently pursuing a degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Physics. The two are expecting their first child later this year! They love to hike, play board games, and spend time with family and friends.

Claudia and Laszlo

Claudia and Laszlo are Marriage Prep instructors.

They are cradle Catholics.
They were living in different countries, and they met through a mutual friend who introduced them. After they married, they settled in Colorado.

They have been married for over 30 years, they have two grown up children and two granddaughters.
Laszlo works in the travel industry and Claudia works in banking.

They taught Religious Education and were also Youth Group parent volunteers when their children attended Sunday School and the parish Youth Group. Currently, they are part of the Respect Life committee at their church and support Archdiocesan Pro-Life events.

They have been blessed by a marriage centered in Christ, and because of this they have a call to share with engaged couples, how God’s teachings and love for all of us will enrich their marriage and family life forever.


Colleen and Phil

Colleen and Phil are both online marriage prep instructors.

Phil has a Master's Degree in Theology and a Master's in Education. Colleen has her Master's in Business Administration. They live in Massachusetts and both work at a Catholic high school. Phil is a Theology teacher and Colleen is the business manager. Phil and Colleen were married in 2002 and have been blessed with 7 children, 6 boys and 1 girl.

 

Debbie and Joe

Debbie and Joe are online marriage prep instructors.

They now make their home in Colorado, but have lived across the globe with the Navy and the defense industry. They are both U.S. Naval Academy graduates, but didn’t meet until they were both stationed in Italy. Joe served for 8 years as a nuclear submarine officer and Debbie served for 5 years as a communications and security officer ashore. They specialize in preparing our military couples. Debbie and Joe have ten kids by birth and adoption whom they homeschooled for 24 years. They are also the proud grandparents of many grandchildren!

 

Eliana and Jevan

Eliana and Jevan are both online marriage prep instructors. For years, Jevan worked as a legal assistant for a U.S. Government agency.

He also worked at USAA Insurance, and Focus on the Family. Jevan has a Master of Arts degree in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (CA).

He is a convert to the Catholic Church, and is now working on serving the Church in a greater capacity Eliana has a Doctor of Music Arts degree in piano performance from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and she is Director of Sacred Music at a Catholic church in the Colorado Springs area.

As a life-long Catholic, Eliana has experienced much of the beauty and depth of the Church and its teachings, and she wishes to share that with others. Eliana and Jevan both have family in Colorado, and Jevan is a native of Colorado Springs.

We were married in 2014, and we have had a very amazing and loving marriage!

Emily and Brandon

Emily and Brandon are both online Marriage Prep instructors.

They met during summer orientation before starting their freshman year of college and were married May, 2009, two weeks following graduation.

They are both cradle Catholics but didn’t develop a commitment and passion for their Catholic faith until their own Pre-Cana marriage prep. They have been blessed with four children and live in Eastern Iowa.


 

HongLan and Phi

HongLan and Phi are online marriage prep instructors.

They were originally from Vietnam and moved to the U.S. in 1995. They met each other in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and got married in 2013. They have three beautiful children, two girls and one boy. They are now living in Austin, TX. Phi went to Louisiana State University for his undergraduate studies and Loyola New Orleans for his Masters. He earned his doctorate degree in Ministry from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Lan has a Masters in Nursing, but is now staying home with their three children. They have taught marriage prep for several years.

 

Iris and Gerard

Iris and Gerard are online marriage prep instructors.

Married since 2004, they are blessed with three children. Gerard and Iris are from Batangas. They were both born, baptized and raised Catholic, but didn’t really practice the faith by heart. The first five years of marriage was a struggle, almost leading to a separation. Turning to prayer for guidance, it was during this period, that they realized the Lord was calling them to serve Him. It was through the community of Couples for Christ and their local archdiocese, that this became reality. They are still happily serving and fulfilling their mission as a married couple.

Upon hearing God’s call in 2011, Gerard left behind his career in the BPO industry, becoming a full-time dad. He has been working from home, for different international business clients ever since.Following her own calling from the Lord, Iris left behind the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom. She now works from home with Gerard, in dealing with various international clients.

Irma and Mel

Irma and Mel are online marriage prep instructors.

Mel and Irma were classmates in High School. Upon graduation, they separated ways as Mel went to Manila to study Mechanical Engineering and Irma went to Los Banos to study Agricultural Economics. After they completed their college degrees, they met again in 1978 in Los Banos.

Mel and Irma have been married since 1980. They were blessed with 3 children and 8 grandchildren. They are active members of Couples for Christ since 1990. They are also actively serving in their Parish as Pre – Cana Speakers for couples preparing to get married in the Parish Church.


 

Janice and Doug

Janice and Doug are online Marriage Prep instructors.

They were married in 1999. They met while working at McKinsey & Company, Inc, in Cleveland. Both of them grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland. Doug's career in international freight brought them to Colorado in 2005. They have three children including two daughters and an son, ranging from college to middle-school.

Jennifer and Scott

Jennifer and Scott are online marriage prep instructors.

They both graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville, where Jennifer received her bachelors in accounting and Scott received his bachelors in mathematics. Scott went on to earn his masters in computer science and currently works for a healthcare clearinghouse as a software developer.

They were married in 2006 and have six beautiful children. Their family resides in Texas.

Joanna and Danny

Joanna and Danny are online marriage prep instructors.

They were married October 1st, 2006, and have five children. Danny and Joanna were both baptized Catholic, but their formation in the faith was non existent. Shortly after marrying, they were called back to the Catholic Church through prayer, reading, and studying Sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Since then, they remain active in their parish in Spring, Texas and welcome opportunities to serve the Church, especially as a couple.

Following a calling from the Lord, Danny left behind his career in oil and gas to provide for their family through his passion of carpentry and handyman work. Following her own calling from the Lord, Joanna left behind the world of Family Law to be a stay-at-home mother who homeschools their children and loves to fill their home with delicious baked goodies.

 

Karen and Deano

Karen and Deano helped start the organization.

They are full time online instructors for marriage prep. They both graduated from Northern Arizona University. Karen's BS was in Applied Sciences and she became a Registered Dietitian specializing in the renal field. Deano graduated with BS in Accounting and is Exempt Organization Specialist with the IRS. They have five children and six grandchildren. They live in Colorado.

Katie and Jeff

Katie and Jeff are online marriage prep instructors and were married in 2016.

They reside in South Carolina where Jeff is an English and Latin Teacher, and Katie, a former in-classroom teacher, is a stay-at-home mom to their young children. They enjoy watching Downton Abbey, swimming in their pool, going for long walks, and anything that involves being outside. They wish not only to live as a holy family and couple, but to encourage other couples to seek holiness too.

Kelsey and Michael

Kelsey and Michael are online Marriage Prep instructors

They started dating in High School, and after they both graduated from the University of Northern Colorado, they married in 2011 and have four children. Michael is a development director for a local Catholic campus ministry and Kelsey works part time at a pregnancy resource center and manages the home. They live in Colorado.

Kimberly and Brian

Kimberly and Brian are online and live instructors for marriage prep.

Kimberly is also the Instructor Coordinator for Agapè Catholic Ministries. They are originally from California, having met each other in high school and continued their education until they married in 2001. They moved to Denver in 2005 to start a family and have four amazing children, two girls and two boys. Brian has a bachelor's in Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona in southern California. He has been a licensed architect for over 15 years and currently runs an independent architecture firm. In addition, he works full-time as a leading 3-D Design Instructor and Consultant for a local CAD company in Colorado to architects, contractors, and others in the industry. Kimberly has a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy with a background in progressive neurological disorders, concussion, and dizziness. She completed her schooling from CSU Northridge (California) and AT Still University - Arizona School of Medical Sciences. She is currently a stay at home mom, works as our Instructor Coordinator and periodically teaches as adjunct faculty at Regis University in the physical therapy doctorate program. They have been live and online instructors with CMP since 2013.

Kristin and Mark

Kristin and Mark are online marriage prep instructors.

They live in New York, but have lived in several locations with the U.S. Army. They met as cadets while attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY. As cadets they fostered and encouraged each other’s Catholic faith. They married 6 months after graduation. Married nearly three decades, they are the proud parents of ten children!

 

Lily and Jeremy

Lily and Jeremy are online marriage prep instructors in Ave Maria, FL.

They met in college and grew together in their faith and in their love for one another for 3 years prior to marriage. A convert to the faith, Jeremy is currently completing his doctorate in Moral Theology. Lily has worked with families for 12 years and holds a B.A. in Psychology. By the grace of God, they were both called out of a secular lifestyle to give it all to God. Lily grew up in the secular lifestyle in Miami and Jeremy grew up a rebellious teen in the south.

Together, they have come to realize the salvific power in their sufferings and hope to bring Christ to others- especially their 4 young children. This is the most fun, yet, most challenging adventure they have both undertaken

Lisa and Mike

Lisa and Mike are online marriage prep instructors.

Mike is in the army. They also specialize with preparing military couples.

They have been married for 30 years. They have two children and one grandchild. They live in the New York/New Jersey area.

Lori and Chris

Lori and Chris are online marriage prep instructors.

They have recently relocated from the Denver area to the Kitsap Peninsula on the west coast of Washington State, near Olympic National Park.

They have been married for 17 years and have one child (from Lori’s previous marriage) who is now 24 and lives in Colorado Springs. They have been active in their parish, and other Catholic ministries to include Knights of Columbus, Retrouvaille, FOCUS, and 40 Days for Life.

Lynn and John

Lynn and John are Marriage Prep instructors.

They live in Wisconsin and they have been married since 1980. John is a parts manager for an agricultural company and Lynn is a teacher. They have three adult children and seven grandchildren. Some of their favorite activities include spending time with their children and grandchildren, road biking and watching and playing sports. These pastimes have filled their years together with fun and laughter. John and Lynn are actively involved in their church, as well. They volunteer for fundraising events, serve on the grounds crew team and Lynn is a religious education instructor. John and Lynn are extremely grateful for all of God’s blessings and feel very fortunate to share God’s plan for marriage with others.

 

Maine and Jules

Maine and Jules are online marriage prep instructors.

Maine and Jules married in 1998 and although involuntarily childless, treating as their own children they have two orphaned siblings, their nephews to Maine’s brother who passed on in the same year and whose wife later in 2010. Maine, a registered nurse, is a trained NFP instructor. She is also a volunteer Catechist and Psychological First Aider. Jules is a practicing architect and engaged in design-build services. He is also a panelist of the Archdiocesan Building Committee of the Archdiocese of Lipa. Maine and Jules are born and raised Catholic, educated in Catholic schools and remain active in their Parish as Ministry for Family and Life Coordinators. The couple gives pre-Cana (Marriage Prep equivalent) talks. They live happily in Lipa City, Philippines, and are members of the Couples for Christ Archdiocese of Lipa.

Marisabel

Marisabel is an online Quinceañera Prep tutor as well as an online Baptism prep instructor.

She is originally from Venezuela but currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and son. She has a degree in French that has inspired her to travel and spread the Gospel throughout different cultures. Her passion is to serve God through her family life and through ministries like Agapè. In her spare time she enjoys baking, taking her son to the park and creating new memories with her family.

Mary and Chris

Mary and Chris are online marriage prep instructors.

They have been working in pro-life, youth and marriage ministry for over a decade. They lead Theology of the Body for Teens classes. They married in1987, homeschooled their children and have been very active in parish life. They have two children, a daughter-in-law and a grandchild. They are both full time Realtors in Colorado, working with their adult children in a family business.You can follow them on Facebook.

Mary and Gordon

Mary and Gordon are both online marriage prep instructors.

They also teach the live course in their Colorado Springs parish. Gordon recently retired from the Air Force so they specialize in preparing our military couples. Gordon has a Master's Degree in Business and now works for the Department of Defense. Mary studied at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and also works part time in the records section for the Colorado Springs Police Department. Mary's dad is a deacon of 30 years. Gordon and Mary married in 1981. They have five children and five grand children. They live in Colorado.

Mary Kate and Dan

Mary Kate and Dan are online marriage prep instructors.

They live in Steubenville, Ohio, with their two children and both work in higher education. They have been married since 2014 and spent their early years of marriage in Florida. They met on a mission trip to Kolkata, India in 2010. They both graduated from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA where Dan received a Bachelors in Theology and Mary Kate received a bachelors in English Education. Dan is currently finishing a doctorate in Theology.

Michelle and Benny

Michelle and Benny are Marriage Prep Instructors and they have been married since 2007.

They live in Virginia with their four kids. Benny is a high school teacher and Michelle is a stay-at-home mom, director of a nonprofit, and VIRTUS instructor. Benny sings in the choir and is active in the Knights of Columbus. The whole family serves as missionaries, leading high school youth groups on mission trips. Michelle and Benny love going for walks, having game nights with friends, and just spending time together as a family. They value the domestic church and love to help couples realize the call God has given them in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

Michelle and Bill

Michelle and Bill are online marriage prep instructors. Michelle is also a baptism prep instructor.

Bill is a senior administrator for Peak Vista Community Health Center. Michelle has served the Church in a variety of ministerial capacities including Catechesis, Youth Ministry, and Evangelization for over 25 years. They have been married since 2012, have five grown children, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, and three beautiful little granddaughters. Bill and Michelle live in Colorado Springs.

Myrna

Myrna is an online Quinceañera prep instructor.

Myrna is originally from Peru, and came to the US because of her husband’s job. She is the Spanish teacher for the elementary level at a Catholic school. She and her husband, Carlos, have been married for almost 25 years. They have three amazing daughters, Carla, Brenda and Lucia, who are all in college.
"To be 15 is really special for a girl and her family. I still remember my own Quinceañera, planning it with my mom and then my dad’s emotional words asking God’s blessing and guidance for me. Time passed and there I was, planning three Quince celebrations for my girls, and... one of them was double because we were blessed with twins!
I am so happy to be part of this special moment in a young girl’s life."

 

Rea and Glenn

Rea and Glenn are online marriage prep instructors.

We were married February 12, 2017 and are now blessed with our two-year old daughter, and our son who has passed on just this April 2020. We met in high school but only became friends when we both became youth leaders for the youth ministry of Couples for Christ. We were together for 6 years before getting married and are now blogging about relationship matters that aim to help couples make better choices that can lead them to a sacramental marriage. Glenn now works as a full time missionary for Couples for Christ and Rea is working as a Medical Technologist for a private laboratory in Camarines Norte.

Rebecca and Andrew

Rebecca and Andrew are live marriage prep class instructors.

They originally hail from Idaho but moved to Denver in 2005 shortly after they wed. They have four amazing children, three girls and a boy. Andrew has a bachelor's in Literature, Philosophy and Theology from Mount Angel Seminary, just outside Portland Oregon. After moving to Denver he attended Regis University and received his masters in Education. He is currently a claims adjuster for Farmers Insurance. Rebecca has a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of San Francisco. She is currently a stay at home mom who runs a small bookkeeping/accounting business from home.

 

Sefanit and Antonios

Sefanit and Antonios are online marriage prep instructors living in Houston, Texas.

Originally from Eritrea, a small country in Northeast Africa, Antonios and Sefanit were married in 2017 and are proud parents to 9-month old Felix Joseph. Antonios is the tech savvy one as a UX/UI designer and Sefanit’s job is to share the love of God as a director of Evangelization for a Catholic parish. They were prepared by Agape Catholic Ministries and are excited to share their love of God and his plan for marriage with the world.

 

Tara and Dan

Tara and Dan are online marriage prep instructors.

Dan is a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Bismarck, ND. Dan also works as a manager at National Information Solutions Cooperative. Tara currently stays at home to tend to the Brooke family needs. They both love working in marriage preparation and are excited to be part of Catholic Marriage Prep. The couple lives in Bismarck, ND and they have 5 children.

 

Valerie and David

Valerie and David are Marriage Prep Instructors.

David and Valerie met in high school, have been together since 2006 and married in 2012. David is a Technical Support Engineer for a Geospatial Software Company and Valerie is an Applications Analyst for a Catholic Health System. We are from a small town in Northeastern Colorado where we enjoy the great outdoors such as camping, hunting/fishing. We enjoy spending time with our families, and our Boxer Tyson. In our free time, we are youth sports coaches, and volunteering as Marriage Prep instructors for our home Catholic Church. Which led us to joining the Agape Ministry as Marriage Prep Instructors to help couples in their journey to the Sacrament of Matrimony.