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Community Executive Couples

Bruce & Janet Adams

Bruce & Janet Adams

Maryland Community

Married since

Our marriage has been blessed by UME and we want to pass that blessing on to others. Our prayer is the Maryland Community will always have a weekend to fill as the LORD puts couples in our paths who He might be calling to a weekend. We give testimony to seeing marriages transformed by weekends and CORE participation as God’s plan for marriage and the Gospel of grace unfolds in couple dialogue. UME of Maryland is blessed by having a full complement of enthusiastic Board members and two Cores. In addition to being the UME Maryland Executive Couple, we are a Team Couple and serve on the International Board.

Richard & Ann Barbaro

Richard & Ann Barbaro

Southeast Florida Community

Married since

Eddy & Aly CHeah

Eddy & Aly CHeah

Malaysia Community

Married since

Jim & Lorraine Christie

Jim & Lorraine Christie

Rochester Community

Married since

We were married March 18, 1989 and attended UME in May 1991.. We have also been on a Deeper Weekend, and have served as Host Couple on 2 Weekends. We have served as Core Coordinators several times. We did not begin to attend core until 1994. We have been promotion couple and prayer couple coordinators as well. We have 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren. UME has been one of the biggest factors in our lives that has kept us grounded and focused on our marriage.

Ariel & Maria Copre

Ariel & Maria Copre

Northeast IL Community

Married since

In 2016 we will celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary. As our marriage began a healing process on our UME Weekend in 2008 God planted a desire in our hearts to serve Him and married couples through UME. We have served as Community Nurture Couple, Registration Couple and now are part of the Leadership Team of NE IL. We can serve side by side other couples who stand for Godly marriages. He has given us words, hearts and discernment to encourage couples to prioritize their marriages. Our involvement with UME is God’s icing on our anniversary cake—a sweet layer of blessing!

Gene & Cheryl Higgs

Gene & Cheryl Higgs

Heart of Illinois

Married since

We were encountered in IA IL Community in 1985 in our 17th year of marriage. We have 2 daughters-Kate age 40 and Nancy age 38.  We live in a log home on the pasture ground of Gene’s family’s farm & are both retired. United Marriage Encounter brought Christ into our marriage.  Our weekend not only changed us-it changed our family!  We will be eternally grateful.

Rob & Dana HIndman

Rob & Dana HIndman

Kansas City

Married since

John & Cheryl Hendershot

John & Cheryl Hendershot

Palmetto UME of South Carolina

Married since

Bill & Lori Jarrett

Bill & Lori Jarrett

Iowa Illinois

Married since

We are Bill & Lori Jarrett.  We were encountered in Bettendorf, IA 2007 and became members of the IA – IL UME Community. Since that time we have been very involved in Core, we have served as Prayer Couple Coordinators, and Core Coordinators, we are the Executive Couple, and a new Lay Team Couple.  We teamed our fist weekend in April 2016 at Heart of Illinois.  We have been married over 27 years and have 2 daughters, 1 son, 9 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren so far.

Kent & Elisabeth Kitagawa

Kent & Elisabeth Kitagawa

Aloha

Married since

Kent and Elisabeth Kitagawa spearheaded the effort to bring United Marriage Encounter to  Hawaii, after being  encountered in Peoria, IL in February 2001. They just teamed on the 28th Aloha Community encounter weekend held March 11-13, 2016, four days after their 35th wedding anniversary on March 7th.  A fitting way to celebrate, as they express it: “Marriage Encounter gave the tools needed to work together through tough times  and the inspiration to grow in our relationship”. “We want married couples across all the islands to experience a UME weekend!”

Dwight and Renee Lange

Dwight and Renee Lange

Northeast Illinois

Married since

After our Weekend November 2007 we knew we needed to get involved and help other marriages. We went to core loved it. We still go and hate to miss it. We have served on our local board and became Co-Executive Couple about 2 years ago. We love all the great couples we get to meet and become family to us.

Johannes & Chiew Lee

Heart of North Carolina

Married since

Orval & Suzanne Le Jeune

Orval & Suzanne Le Jeune

Smoky Mountain Foothills

Married since

We were encountered in March 2001 on a UME Weekend in Norcross, Georgia, having been married 15 years.  The Weekend was a genuine blessing to us and we strongly feel it was a watershed experience for our marriage.  The first Smoky Mountain Foothills Weekend was held in April 2005 at the beautiful Hinton Life Retreat Center in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina.  All SMF Weekends have been held at the Hinton Center.  We are honored to serve as the only SMF Executive Couple.  Many of our Weekend Couples are from eastern Tennessee, northern Georgia, as well as North and South Carolina, and other surrounding states.  We are blessed with a great team of SMF Leadership Couples and are committed to continue serving God through the UME ministry as long as He calls us.

HungChee & Mary Loh

HungChee & Mary Loh

Singapore

Married since

We were married 44 years ago in June 11th 1972. We are passionately active in serving UME ministry in Singapore since our return from Shanghai in 2009. We were encountered in November 2008 in Shanghai. We thank God for HIS love and grace to keep us healthy, also through HIM, we have a group of encountered couples very committed in manning the many weekends that we have organized all these years.. We praise God for allowing us to continue sharing UME weekends, to benefit many couples by investing 48 hours to strengthening their happy marriages for  HIS glory!

Troy & Karen McAdams

Troy & Karen McAdams

Shanghai

Married since

Troy & Karen McAdams have been involved in International Ministry for the past 7 years through Abundant Grace church and their non-profit educational ministry, The Kingdom Mission Loving EveryOne Anywhere. They have been a consistent member of the Shanghai UME community since being encountered in 2011 serving first as weekend coordinators. Their desire is to encourage the development of godly marriages and set a high standard for the world to follow.