meet your marriage support team
Julaine and Doug Bierl are your marriage support team who will lead and facilitate programs with you and members of your church. As a certified coach, Doug will lead coaching sessions with male leaders and husbands, and Julaine will join him during coaching sessions with couples and women.
Doug and Julaine 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 they were married. So, 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 leaders, they have learned many things about relationships and acquired tools along their journey, which 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 (Save Your Marriage Before It Starts) relationship assessments. They have also led marriage ministry at their church. 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 (ACC) through the International Coach Federation and a Certified Christian Leadership Coach through Coach Approach Ministries, as well a Certified Freedom Coach through Oaks Rising. He is also a Certified Facilitator for Transformational Leadership. All of this experience and more is used as Doug and Julaine help couples to strengthen their marriage.