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Mission

MarriageStrong is committed to helping couples develop valuable relationship skills that will not only help their marriages, but also dramatically change the way they interact with others in their families, friendships, places of work, and within the Body of Christ

FOUNDING

MarriageStrong began in August 2008 at Fuller Theological Seminary with the mission of helping seminary students prepare their marriages for a life of leadership and service. Committed to helping couples understand their own issues in dealing with conflict, personality differences, and spiritual gifting, the program is designed to enhance the marital relationship, effectiveness in leadership and service, and life satisfaction. These positive outcomes help guard against burnout, unrealistic expectations, and feelings of inadequacy and loneliness that often exist in leadership marriages.

Since August of 2008, the program has been implemented on other academic campuses, in overseas programs, and with multicultural focuses. MarriageStrong has grown beyond the seminary setting to now include churches, Christian organizations, and other leadership venues.

Several places in scripture emphasize the importance of walking in the newness of Christ. MarriageStrong challenges and equips couples to live out this righteousness and holiness of God within the context of their own marriages and family relationships, the results of which travel far beyond the couple into other family, work, and ministry relationships.

MISSION

MarriageStrong is committed to helping couples develop valuable relationship skills that will not only help their marriages, but also dramatically change the way they interact with others in their families, friendships, places of work, and within the Body of Christ.

HISTORY

MarriageStrong began in August 2008 at Fuller Theological Seminary with the mission of helping seminary students prepare their marriages for a life of leadership and service. Committed to helping couples understand their own issues in dealing with conflict, personality differences, and spiritual gifting, the program is designed to enhance the marital relationship, effectiveness in leadership and service, and life satisfaction. These positive outcomes help guard against burn out, unrealistic expectations, and feelings of inadequacy and loneliness that often exist in leadership marriages.

Since August of 2008, the program has been implemented on other academic campuses, in overseas programs, and with multi-cultural focuses. MarriageStrong has grown beyond the seminary setting to now include churches, Christian organizations, and other leadership venues. 

SCRIPTURAL FOCUS

Several places in scripture emphasize the importance of walking in the newness of Christ. Ephesians 4:22-24 states: “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” 

Living out of these truths is often most difficult within our closest relationships. These challenges, however, provide the best opportunity for the deepest growth and transformation in a person's life.  MarriageStrong challenges and equips couples to live out this righteousness and holiness of God within the context of their own marriages and family relationships, the results of which travel far beyond the couple into other family, work, and ministry relationships.  

FOUNDER

Sharon Hargrave, a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in couples, families, and intergenerational issues, is the executive director of the Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine University, an organization established by the university in 1996 as a supportive force to help strengthen and promote healthy families.

Sharon also teaches as an affiliate professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy department at Fuller Theological Seminary, where she founded the MarriageStrong program. As executive director of the Boone Center for the Family, Sharon continues in her role with MarriageStrong. Through her work with the Center and Fuller Theological Seminary, she has been successful in receiving funding from foundations, grants, and private donors.

A California native who grew up in Texas, Hargrave holds a bachelor's degree from Biola University and a master of arts degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sharon and her husband, Terry travel and speak nationally and internationally about marriage, forgiveness, and aging and caregiving to both professional audiences and various church and religious organizations. The Hargraves have two adult married children and recently begun the joyful journey into being grandparents.

Contact Information
Sharon Hargrave
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu, CA 90263
Phone: 310.506.8558
E-mail: sharon.hargrave@pepperdine.edu

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SHARON HARGRAVE | Executive Director
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
MFT CA #47921, MFT TX #4459
Education: MAMFC, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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