Aaron Cho serves on staff at Quest Church in Seattle, WA as the pastor of community life and formation. He received his M.Div from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA where he helped in the development of the Asian/Asian-American couples groups. Judith Hong Cho, LMFTI #61074, is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, having received her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. She works with couples, families, and children in individual, conjoint, and family therapy. Aaron and Judith enjoy their work with couples immensely and have been privileged to witness the transforming power of speaking forth and acting upon the truth of who God has created us to be in relationships.
Dave Jackson is Founder and Executive Director of Marriage Works. Family Matters, a ministry based in Corvallis, Oregon, that seeks to help people build healthy relationships. Dave received a Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from George Fox Evangelical Seminary, is a credentialed pastor in the Pacific Conference of the Evangelical Church, and is pursuing both licensure as an MFT in Oregon and certification as a Christian Conciliator through Peacemaker Ministries. Dave has acquired a wide variety of education, training, and work experience in both mental health and pastoral ministry settings, serving 14 years as Pastor of Adult & Family Ministries at a local church. Dave and his wife Patty were married in 1989 and have three children.
Arnie Toews is a registered clinical counsellor with a masters degree from Trinity Western University/Seminary. He has been in private practice since 1994 and is the founder of Pacific Rim Care Counseling. Before going into counseling, Arnie and his wife Linda of fifty-two years planted and pastored churches in Western Canada. Arnie has a broad experience base, including the establishment of both a counseling center and a masters degree program in counseling/psychology at Uganda Christian University in Mukono, Uganda. Arnie continues to speak and lecture in Victoria, BC and in Uganda in both churches and seminars on a broad range of topics, specializing in relationships. His private practice is not only focused on marital couples but also covers abuse, addictions, communication, and behavior change.
Ministry couples have been inviting Ron Toews into their ministry and relationship journey for over 20 years, locating him through his private practice and his role in Oasis Ministries. Oasis Ministries has served over 700 pastors and missionaries across more than 60 organizations. Ron has taught sessionally at Columbia Bible College and ACTS Seminary. He is married to Julia, they have two adult sons.
Sharon Hargrave, MA; Valerie Johnson, MA; Judith Cho, MS
Introduction to the MarriageStrong Program and its Cultural Applications:
Studies on marital enrichment programs have identified the positive impact of psycho-educational programs on
relationships. However, few studies have assessed a program tailored to clergy spouses who face unique relational stressors.
This study examined clergy and seminary couple reactions to marital satisfaction, trustworthiness and positive feelings toward spouse,
before and after participation in the MarriageStrong program, using the Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale (RDAS), the Relational Ethics Scale (RES) and the Positive Feelings Questionnaire (PFQ). Results indicated significant increases in trustworthiness and positive feelings toward spouse following participation in the MarriageStrong program. Significant increases in marital satisfaction were not demonstrated.
Probable explanations for findings and implications for the program are discussed.
(note: the following documents refer to MarriageStrong by its former name, Strong Marriages Successful Ministries.)