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Marriage Mentoring

Detailed information about 2020 Forum Mentoring is not yet available but will be posted in the future. Please review the information from the 2019 Forum for a look at the types of mentoring that may be available at the 2020 Forum.

Marriage is the most intimate, and consequently challenging, of relationships.  Therefore, it comes as no surprise that a large percentage of today’s marriages are failing. Forum Marriage Mentoring aims to help married couples strengthen their relationships, provide effective resources for couples in distress and encourage individuals to develop a comprehensive approach to marriage-focused ministry.  If you wish to maintain a healthy marriage, are experiencing issues in your own marriage or are involved in marriage counseling, then we encourage you to consider Forum Marriage Mentoring.   


Larry Anderson is senior pastor at North Bible Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has a MAT and Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.  Larry started his ministry career with Young Life International and left as Senior Vice President in 2004. Later that year Larry and his wife, Gina, moved back to Arizona to serve in the church. He continues to teach courses for Fuller and support younger pastors and leaders.  Larry and Gina have been married for forty-two years. They have three sons who are all pastors and nine grandchildren.


Ann Pritchard Blaser has led women through Bible Study Fellowship International for thirty years, teaching Scripture classes for women and training leadership groups. Her work now consists of mentoring and advising other women who are teaching and training leaders in Bible Study Fellowship. She is responsible for visiting classes and observing the training and teaching taking place and for giving encouragement and shepherding to the teachers. She is involved in her church through discipling, teaching, and writing training materials. Ann is married to Bill, and they have two children and two grandsons.


Karen Borgman has worked with women in outreach Bible Studies as well as ministry in the church.  She has served on Mission Boards and church boards. The past few years her focus has been participating in cross cultural settings in Europe, and South America. Our primary tool was the Jesus Film and other short Films.  She is married (52 years) and has children and grandchildren.  She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Ed Doepel has served as a pastor for thirty-eight years. He has planted four churches and has led churches from eight people to three thousand in membership. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm where he served as a Chaplain in the US Army, planting two churches in the Persian Gulf region. He is the founder of Lap 7, an organisation that coordinates multiple churches in a co-op, worshipping out of the same building and performing collateral ministries in a coordinated effort to further the Kingdom of God. He and his wife are residents of suburban Chicago.


Ferol Ireland has elected to be a stay at home mom.  She has raised three sons and currently has six grandchildren.  She has been married to her husband, Don for the last 40 years.  Ferol has lead and coordinated both the children's ministry and women's ministry programs of her home church.  She has been active in mission ministry in Russia, Mexico, N. Ireland, Spain and Poland.   Ferol has volunteered with the pro life program, CareNet, in the Olympia area.   She has a heart for women and families who are struggling with marriage and parenting issues that are influenced by the culture of the world. The goal is always to seek God's way from Prayer, His Word and the Holy Spirit.


Ann Lenton trained as a Biblical Counsellor some 25 years ago under Selwyn Hughes, founder of CWR, one of the foremost proponents of Christian counselling in the UK. In 1998, she accompanied her husband, John, to Romania, where they lived almost full-time for seven years, working in various capacities (including student counselling) at Emanuel University in the city of Oradea. They returned to the UK in 2005, and in 2010 moved to the village of Bramley in Hampshire, where Ann has the responsibilities and joys of being a full-time pastor’s wife. Ann and John have two children and eight grandchildren (with a ninth on the way).


Dawn Patterson has worked with para-church ministries for about 40 years--in the US, Germany and Russia. She is married (33 years) and has 4 young adult children. Her ministry focus is leading and mentoring women of various ages and cultures through encouragement and study of the Scriptures. Currently she lives in Northfield, MN, where she has been part of a residential women's ministry called Whispers of Hope and Bible Study Fellowship. 


Tim Patterson has been involved in para-church ministry since 1976 - in the USA, Germany and Russia.  He and Dawn, his wife of 33 years, are presently staff members with GLINTS (Global Intercultural Services) for whom they oversee Member Care for the small missionary sending agency.  Tim and Dawn live in Minnesota, USA.



Yvonne Street is a trained counsellor/supervisor of counsellors and her skill base is of a more general background. She has been involved in counselling in most situations rather than specialising in any one specific area.  She has 20+ years’ experience in helping those who have been abused, physically mentally and emotionally. Also marital and parenting issues. She worked on a care line with a UK based Christian charity - Care for the Family She again came across most issues resulting in listening, helping and then sign posting individuals to support in their own locality. Care for the family have run several conferences that support those who have been bereaved by the death of a child or those widowed young, and she attended many of these conferences as a counsellor for the delegates and also befriender team. She supports the local Church with pastoral care using her experience sometimes jointly with her husband Chris. 


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