Staff

  • Catholic Marriage Prep Staff - Founders Open or Close

    Christian and Christine Meert are the founders and owners of CatholicMarriagePrep.com

    After 15 years in the Catholic Community of the Beatitudes, they received the call to dedicate themselves completely to helping couples prepare for marriage.
    They created the catholicMarriagePrep.com program and continue to constantly updating it.
    They both teach the online and the live courses.
    They have 5 daughters (12 grandkids and counting) and live in Colorado.



    Moses and Mattie Nelson are co-owners and partners in Agapè Catholic Ministries.

    Mattie is Christian and Christine's eldest daughter.
    Moses and Mattie met while studying at Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH.
    They teach live classes in Denver. Both are also online instructors.
    Moses is an accountant by formation and now our Director of Operations.
    Mattie helps with the administrative work. They have six children.



  • Catholic Marriage Prep Staff - Instructors Open or Close

    Deano and Karen helped start the organization.

    They are full time online instructors.
    They both graduated from Norther Arizona University.
    Karen's BS was in Applied Sciences and she became a Registered Dietitian specializing in the renal field.
    Deano graduated with BS in Accounting and is Exempt Organization Specialist with the IRS.
    They have five children and a grand daughter.
    They live in Colorado.



    Gordon and Mary are both online instructors.

    They also teach the live course in their Colorado Springs parish.
    Gordon recently retired from the Air Force so they specialize in preparing our military couples.
    Gordon has a Master's Degree in Business and now works for the Department of Defense.
    Mary studied at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and also works part time in the records section for the Colorado Springs Police Department.
    Mary's dad is a deacon of 30 years.
    Gordon and Mary married in 1981.
    They have five children and five grand children.
    They live in Colorado.



    Rudy and Carmen are from Peru.

    They are our Spanish online instructors.

    Rudy and Carmen also teach the live course in Spanish, both for engaged couples and for the formation of Spanish instructors.
     



    Greg and Amber are online and live instructors.

    Greg is a deacon for the Archdiocese of Denver.
    They teach live classes in the archdiocese of Denver.
    They have six children.
    They live in Colorado.
    Greg is preparing to be a Deacon.



    Brian and Kimberly are online and live instructors.

    They have four children.
    They live in Colorado.
    Kimberly is also our instructors coordinator.



    Chris and Mary are online instructors.
    They have been working in pro-life, youth and marriage ministry for over a decade.
    They lead Theology of the Body for Teens classes.
    They married in1987, homeschooled their children and have been very active in parish life.
    They have two children, a daughter-in-law and are awaiting the entrance of their first grandchild.
    They are both full time Realtors in Colorado, working with their adult children in a family business.
    You can follow them on Facebook.



    Tom and Darci are online instructors.

    They have five children and live in Colorado.

     

     

     


    Jason and Audrey are online and live instructors living in Colorado with their six children.



    Joe and Debbie are online instructors.
    They now make their home in Colorado, but have lived across the globe with the Navy and the defense industry.
    They are both U.S. Naval Academy graduates, but didn’t meet until they were both stationed in Italy.
    Joe served for 8 years as a nuclear submarine officer and Debbie served for 5 years as a communications and security officer ashore.
    They specialize in preparing our military couples. 
    Debbie and Joe have ten kids by birth and adoption whom they homeschooled for 24 years.
    They are also the proud grandparents of five adorable grandchildren!



    Mike and Lisa are online instructors.

    Mike is in the army. They also specialize with preparing military couples.

    They have been married for 30 years.
    They have two children and one grandchild.
    They live in the New York/New Jersey area.



    Grace and Tom are online instructors.
    They are both musicians, and met while pursuing degrees in music. They were married in 1999 and have four children, from toddler to teen.
    Grace is a 2014 graduate of the Denver Catholic Biblical School, a rigorous four-year biblical study program, the lay arm of Denver's Catholic seminary. Tom is a convert to the Catholic faith, and teaches music at a Denver-area Catholic grade school. Both are committed to intellectual and spiritual growth in their faith and enjoy studying and praying with scripture, as well as the Church's amazing sacred music tradition.
    In their free time, they enjoy listening to live music, DIY house projects, gardening, going on nightly walks together, watching their children swim competitively, and while Tom frequently performs music live, grace spends more creative energies on various art and craft endeavors.


    Andrew and Rebecca are live classes instructors.
    They originally hail from Idaho but moved to Denver in 2005 shortly after they wed.
    They have four amazing children, three girls and a boy.
    Andrew has a bachelor's in Literature, Philosophy and Theology from Mount Angel Seminary, just outside Portland Oregon.
    After moving to Denver he attended Regis University and received his masters in Education. He is currently a claims adjuster for Farmers Insurance.
    Rebecca has a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of San Francisco.
    She is currently a stay at home mom who runs a small bookkeeping/accounting business from home. 


    Rosie & Jake are online instructors.
    They both graduated from Thomas Aquinas College in 2005.
    They live in Colorado with their five children.
    Jake works as a mechanical designer for an engineering firm.
    Rosie is at home where she homeschools their 3 oldest children and avoids disaster. 
    She also teaches Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at a local parish and helps to run a co-op of homeschooling families.



    Bridget and Steve are online instructors.
    They also teach the course live in their parish of California.
    They were married in 1995. They have three children and live in the Diocese of Sacramento.
    Steve has a Masters in Theology and works full time for the Catholic Church in marriage and family life.

     




    Jill and Bret met at Benedictine College and married in 2009.
    They have three children and live in Nebraska. They are online instructors
    Bret is a middle school teacher during the day and a computer science student at night.
    Jill has a Masters in Theology and stays at home to take care of their growing family and to pursue a Catholic writing career.
     



    Hannah and Mike are both Colorado natives, and since meeting in High School youth group, have been together ever since! 
    They currently live in the North Denver Metro area, where Mike works in finance and Hannah homeschools the oldest three of their five daughters. 
    The family is active in their parish community, where Mike has been running the Alpha program for two years, helping people encounter Christ in a personal way.  It is a joy to share this love of God with new couples seeking to invite Him into their marriages!

     



    Emily and Tim are online instructors. They currently live in Washington DC where Tim serves in the US Air Force.
    Tim graduated from the Air Force Academy and has a masters in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School.
    He serves as a pilot and a foreign area officer.
    Emily graduated from Texas A&M (whoop) and has a Masters from Oklahoma State University in Marriage and Family Therapy. 
    She currently stays at home with their three children.
    In the past, Tim and Emily have led adult religious education and taught RCIA classes.
    They are passionate about helping couples build strong marriages and have a special heart for those serving in the military.


    Trang and Louis  are online instructors.  
    They were both born in Viet Nam.  In April 1975, when they were still young, their families migrated to the US to escape communism.  
    They met in 1989 and were married in 1994.  They have 5 children (3 girls and 2 boys) and currently live in Littleton, Colorado.

    Shawn and Kathleen are online instructors.
    Shawn graduated from Immaculata University with a MA  in Nutrition Education and is a Registered Dietician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He also has a Masters in Business Administration and recently retired from the  Army Reserves as a Civil Affairs Officer.
    Kathleen graduated with a BS in Physical Therapy from University of Scranton. She also spent 18 years in a religious community serving the Church in Italy, Serbia and USA.
    Shawn and Kathleen prepared for their marriage with Christian and Christine with Catholic Marriage Prep on-line.
    They have one baby in heaven, are members of the Teams of Our Lady movement for married couples and they live in Pennsylvania.



    Jennie and Sheldon are instructor couples with CatholicMarriagePrep.
    They were married in 2001 and have 6 children.
    They converted to the Catholic faith in 2012 and are very happy to be Catholic.  
    They have 35 years of military service between them.


    Erin and Joseph are online instructors.
    They are from Wichita, KS but now live in Colorado with their five children.
    Erin works at the local parish as well as a childbirth educator. Joseph is a freelance designer and is in school studying Human Development and Family Studies.



    Sophie and Rémi are our French online instructors.
    They were married in 2006 in Beaune, France.
    They have three children and now live in Brittany, France.
    Rémi is the principal of a Catholic middle school there, while Sophie is a stay at home mom.
    She is also a student in Christian Anthropology at the Karol Wojtyla Institute (France).

     

  • Catholic Marriage Prep Staff - Administration Open or Close

     


    Carmen, from Peru, is an Administrative Assistant and Translator

    She answers the phone and the live chat in the mornings.

    She translates all our materials in Spanish.

    Carmen also helped us start the Quinceañeras preparation and as a teacher, she is the best qualified to help prepare our teenagers. 



    Charlotte is our Communication Manager and Editor.

    She responds to emails.

    She answers the phone and the live chat in the afternoons.
    She's in charge of social media and advertizing.

    Charlotte edits a lot of documents for us.
    (She's also a published author with her first book, The Cause.)



    Ashley is an Administrative Assistant.

    Ashley was born and raised in Colorado and loves this state very much.

    She comes from a family of 6 children and is proud of her nephews and niece.

    Ashley helps with the live chat.

    She is also in charge of the correspondence with the priests and dioceses.



    Christine is our Office Supervisor.

    She lives in Colorado.
    Christine has a degree in journalism and education (K-6).
    She has been married for 21 years and has 4 wonderful children,
    She recently graduated from the Denver CAtholic Biblical School. 
    When not working, she is usually driving someone somewhere, at a soccer field, or trying to grow flowers in her backyard.

     

     



    Justin is Assistant to Agapè Catholic Ministries as a Marriage and Family Life diocesan support.

    Justin and wife Annemarie married in 2015 and they have a son named John Paul, born in 2016.
    Justin has spent most of his life studying the teachings of Saint John Paul II’s TOB,
    serving the pro-life movement and promoting marriage and family at youth groups
    and the parishes in his hometown of Colorado Springs where he is a real estate agent,
    with his parents Chris and Mary who are also on the Catholic Marriage Prep team.
    He has one sibling, a sister, Faith who serves the Church through many different youth groups
    and parishes in their hometown as well. 



    Jim Arlien is our webmaster and IT consultant.

    He grew up in North Dakota receiving a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from North Dakota State University.

    Jim worked for Texas Instruments, Martin Marietta, and COMSYS Technical Services before braving the world of self-employment in web design and photography through his business, CatchLight Professional Services.

    He lives in Colorado where outings on the trails with Sophie and Frankie bring nice breaks to his days keeping our websites attractive, stable and secure.

     



    Patrick is an Administrative Assistant.

    His dad was in the army and so he was born in Camp Darby, Italy, where his family was stationed at the time. 
    The family travelled around the world and settled in Colorado Springs, CO, in 1995.
    He was born and raised Catholic and absolutely loves his faith.
    With his wife Allison, they have a two year old son named Luke.
    He received Masters degree in Information Technology from Colorado Technical University in 2016.



    Mary Christine is an Administrative Assistant.

    She is the daughter of Christine (above) and is also from Colorado.  
    She reads and manages all the feedback we receive to dispatch them in our monthly and weekly reviews.
    Mary Christine is currently a junior at Metropolitan State University at Denver.
    She is working towards her degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Linguistics.
    Outside of work and school she is usually watching old movies, working on a craft project, enjoying a cup of coffee or tea, and playing with her guitar



    Olivier and Jehanne are our French Representatives.

    They live in beautiful Burgundy, France, with their five children.

    Olivier is also our awesome graphic designer.

    Jehanne is Christian and Christine's second daughter.



     


     

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