meet your marriage navigators
Julaine and Doug Bierl are your Marriage Navigators. A Marriage Navigator is an experienced married couple who helps other married (and engaged) couples to navigate the ups and downs of marriage. They met in July 1997 and were married in December of the same year, a second marriage for both. They have six (now adult) children between them, who ranged in age from 5 to 16 when Doug and Julaine were married.
Julaine and Doug experienced firsthand the joys and challenges of blending two families, and raising their children in that context. They’ve seen the negative impact of an unhealthy marriage, as well as the benefits of a healthy marriage, on their children, family, friends, health, and jobs. Just like you, they are on a journey and have their good days and bad days, but they’ve learned ways to handle the bad days and have fewer of them. Out of their experience comes a passion for marriages, and a desire to do all they can to help marriages succeed.
Julaine is a retired teacher and Doug is a retired marketer. While their careers have nothing to do with their role as Marriage Navigators, they have learned many things about relationships and acquired tools along their journey that they share with couples. Both of them completed three years of Disciple Bible study, are trained caregivers for Formational Prayer (inner-healing prayer), are certified marriage mentors, and are certified to guide couples through Prepare/Enrich and SYMBIS relationship assessments. Several years ago, Doug volunteered and led a local nonprofit focused on marriage, and is also certified to facilitate various marriage and relationship education programs. Doug is a certified professional coach as well. All of this experience and more is used as Doug and Julaine help couples to strengthen their marriage.