Stan and Cheryl
We grew up in the 50s and 60s and, for better or worse, are products of those decades. Like most in our generation, our parents raised us under the guidance of Dr. Spock. Not the Vulcan Spock with pointed ears, but Dr. Benjamin Spock, the pediatrician who had written the most popular book on parenting at the time.
Guided by John Lennon and many others, our peers ushered in a revolution of social change. Theologian R.C. Sproul would later comment, “Already the social historians are saying the revolution that took place in the decade of the 1960s in America was far more reaching and more significant and had a greater effect on changing our culture and our way of life than the revolution of the 18th Century … all the changes that came to pass were done in the name of liberty…and all were promises of freedom.”
For two decades we, along with other mentor couples, have taught a remarkable group of young parents who meet in our local church. I (Stan) usually teach theology and bring them encouragement from John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, and several contemporary theologians, such as R.C. Sproul, Alistair Begg, Sinclair Ferguson, and Douglas Wilson. The class is always ready to engage the topic most often on their minds–parenting.
Several years ago, we both retired from professional careers to devote more time to ministry and family. In 2016, we began construction on a farmhouse retreat with a goal of creating a look and feel of our grandparents’ era. Even more than this, we sought to create a place of rest and comfort for our family, and where stories are discovered.
The year 2020 brought a new way of living in this world. With additional time at home, we embarked on a writing project together. Raising Kids for Tomorrow’s World: 12 Keys to Preserving the Faith is our first co-authored book. It released April 2022 with Pen It Publications. You can read more about this project on our Books page.
Our nearly fifty year marriage has been an adventure and God has taught us much through the years. With four grown sons, their lovely wives, and thirteen grandchildren, life is rich and full.