Pastoral couples face unique challenges that many of us don't realize or understand. On this broadcast, a panel of guests, made up of two former pastoral couples, helps identify those challenges, and describes the restorative work they perform.
Marshall Eizenga and his wife, Merrie, are the co-directors of Focus on the Family Canada’s Kerith Creek Ministry Retreat Centre, located in Alberta. Formerly, Marshall served in lead and associate pastor positions at a church in Waterloo, Ontario. Merrie has traveled across Canada as a key note women’s conference speaker, and the couple has traveled extensively in other parts of the world, teaching and sharing the Bible as well as leadership principles with pastors. The couple has two grown children and one grandchild.
Sam Doerksen and his wife, Pauline, are the co-directors of Focus on the Family Canada’s Kerith Pines Retreat Centre, located in Manitoba. There, they work with a team of volunteers to offer rest, recovery and help to couples in ministry. Formerly, Sam and Pauline served for 22 years in their church – he in pastoral roles and she in music ministry. The couple has four children and one grandchild.