Roland Martinez, President—Charlotte, NC
Roland and Tammy Martinez have dedicated themselves to teaching and
Don & Sally Meredith, Founders—Charlotte, NC
Don and Sally Meredith founded Christian Family Life in 1971 and have made it their life-calling to share the faith love principles. Both held significant leadership and teaching positions with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) where they began to share these faith principles with couples worldwide. They have lead many church plants where Don has served as a teaching elder and
Gio Llerena, Vice President of International Ministries—Charlotte, NC
Gio and Suzy have been serving the Lord faithfully their entire married life. In the early years, Gio and Suzy invested in youth and helped start a Hispanic church. Following that, Gio went on staff with a ministry called Baseball Chapel for 14 years where he served as the chaplain for the Tampa Bay Rays; oversaw International Ministries in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Venezuela; and recruited and trained MLB chaplains. During this time, Gio and Suzy invested in the lives of players and their wives with a focus on discipleship. This is where they were first introduced to the Two Becoming One material. The faith principles found in the curriculum impacted their marriage to such a degree that they want to share them with every couple they meet. Gio spent the last year on staff at South Tampa Fellowship as the Associate Pastor and Married Life Pastor where he and Suzy helped implement a marriage discipleship culture.
Gio and Suzy met in college and have three grown children: Ashley, Daniel, and Jonathan. They have focused on the discipleship and equipping of couples throughout their ministry and are excited about being part of the CFL team to continue to invest in marriages locally and globally.
Ryan Cook, Vice President of Domestic Ministries—Charlotte, NC
Ryan and Ashlie Cook have committed their lives to bring a message of freedom and healing through Jesus to every marriage and home in the US and around the world. Ryan has served on two large church staffs in the Houston, TX area over the past 16 years. Most of the time was spent in student ministry, and the past 3 years were spent as a Campus Pastor. Ryan has an extensive background in teaching, team building, vision casting, and shepherding marriages and families. Through their time in ministry, and in their own personal lives, they have seen the profound impact of healthy and unhealthy marriages on every aspect of the Christian life. Ryan and Ashlie are excited to join the CFL team and be a part of impacting generations to come through the restoration and training of biblical marriages.
Ryan grew up in the Houston area and met Ashlie while they both attended college in Oklahoma, where Ashlie is from. They have 3 amazing children; Peyton, Gracen, and Adeline. Ashlie is an accomplished photographer and graphic designer. They are looking forward to life in Charlotte and building deep community.
Kent & Michelle Sterchi, Missionaries—Dominican Republic/Costa Rica/Madagascar
Kent and Michelle Sterchi were married in 1983 in Orlando, Florida and daily depend upon the love, grace, and mercy of God for oneness in their marriage. They have two grown children and 3 beautiful grandchildren.
Kent has faithfully served in both para-church and church ministry positions over the past 30 years. Most recently, he served as Minister of Discipleship at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. Michelle loved being a stay at home mom and during those years led numerous women’s bible studies, mentored young moms, and has a vital prayer ministry. Together, Kent and Michelle have counseled and married over 75 couples during the past 15 years, following their growing passion to prepare engaged couples for marriage by using both the Prepare/Enrich assessment and truths from God’s Word to establish a biblical foundation for the covenant of marriage.
Over the past several years, God has made it very clear that He was preparing the Sterchi’s to form DWELL, a Ministry to Strengthen Marriages, and to partner with Christian Family Life as Marriage Missionaries. God has been opening doors not only to continue premarital counseling but also for them to lead Two Becoming One marriage retreats for local couples in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, El Salvador
Ike & Courtney Chukuka, Missionaries—Abbotsford, BC
Ike grew up in Nigeria and accepted Christ at 8 years old and was called to be a missionary at the ages of 17. He first attended University of Nigeria Nsukka and graduated with a music degree before he moved on to train for pastoral ministries. Ike planted 4 churches with the Anglican Church of Nigeria. He taught evangelism and spiritual warfare with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Nigeria in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, Ike was ordained as an Anglican clergyman in Nigeria and served as an Archdeacon.
Ike served as the Canadian Superintendent for the Anglican Diocese of Cana West. He has ministered cross-culturally in Guatemala, Cameroon, and Ghana. For 10 years, he and his wife Courtney planted churches and pastored in Calgary, Alberta where they started their family. They have one daughter, Neriah.
Following their church planting years in Alberta, Ike and Courtney felt God calling them to the west coast of BC, Canada to work with Emblaze Ministries, supporting pastors, raising support for workers around the world and to head up the marriage division of Emblaze Ministires, Christian Family Life.
Our Board of Directors
- Don Meredith (Founder)
- Chuck Merritt (Chair)
- Brandon Ruby
- Christian Werner
- Tiffany Haines