Marriage Ministries

Willowdale’s Marriage Ministry is offering a variety of marriage enrichment and focus groups that may readily fit into this season of your life.  Whether you are seriously dating, engaged, newly married, or looking to enrich your marriage, we have a place for you to begin the process of gaining and regaining momentum.

Perhaps you are looking to find family support and growth within the context of both your marriage and family unit.  Circumstances may have led you into a blended family situation, or maybe you find yourselves navigating life as a special needs family.  Take hope! We have formed amazing focus groups for you as husband and wife. If yours is a young family with small children and you are hoping to find a network of support and a healthy, family-friendly community, we offer that, too!

If you are interested in participating in one of these Marriage Ministry opportunities, please click HERE to fill out our Interest Form, or contact Brett Foester at


Seriously Dating and Engaged Couples

Merge is a premarital discipleship ministry designed for engaged and seriously dating couples.  It provides opportunities to seek wisdom and receive counsel about marriage in a safe, fun, and authentic environment.  Merge addresses common questions and challenges from a biblical perspective.  Class dynamics involve small group gatherings, discussions with mentors along weekly homework that lends itself to work on your togetherness.

We also offer 1:1 mentoring and seriously dating/premarital counseling using the relationship assessment tool SYMBIS (Save Your Marriage Before It Starts)

If you’d like to learn more click HERE to fill out our Interest Form.



The first few years of marriage are often incredibly difficult, and without community and support, even more so.  Couples need an intentional environment focused on laying a foundation on which to build their marriage.  Foundation groups provide just that.  As couples establish this solid foundation, they meet weekly as a group to discuss topics related to marriage, their relationship with the Lord and relationships with each other.

If you’d like to learn more, click HERE to fill out our Interest Form.



Re|engage is a relationship-enrichment program for any marriage, in any condition.  Whether you’re hanging by a thread or looking to go from good to great, re|engage examines God’s design for marriage and applies biblical principles to deepen your relationship.

Re|engage offers both Large and Small Groups that are a critical part of the experience. Each week you’ll receive encouragement as you hear stories from other couples who’ve survived hard times and have begun to thrive on the other side.

Large Group

Every week begins in a large group setting.  Here you’ll hear stories of hope from other couples whose marriages have been transformed.  Re|engage leaders will also share practical steps you can take to improve your own relationship.

Small Group

After meeting as a large group, participants will break off into smaller groups, with each group led by a facilitator couple. Together, you and your small group will work through the 16-lesson curriculum and learn how to effectively communicate, resolve conflict, and grow closer to your spouse.

Re|engage meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m.  The format is open and you can drop in at any time.  Pre-registration is not required.

Questions? Contact If you’d like to learn more, click HERE to fill out our Interest Form.


Blended Family Ministries offers an opportunity for couples in blended family situations to come together and work through the challenges and dynamics that impact their marriage, parenting and life in general.  We will work together to better understand how to establish healthy boundaries, expectations and communication for a healthier marriage and family.  This group meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m.

If you’d like to learn more, click HERE to fill out our Interest Form.



This community group experience is a place where young families, who are growing and developing, can gain traction as they face the challenges of raising young children. Too often they feel isolated and out of touch because they lack a community of support.  Emerging Families creates opportunities for these families to come together and develop friendships and community in biblical and relational ways.

This fall we hope to develop this community group. If you’d like to learn more, click HERE to fill out our Interest Form.