The passionate people spreading the message of Connected Families
The team at Connected Families wakes up every day to care for, inspire, and equip parents to receive and pass on God’s grace and truth by imparting a memorable and transformational biblical framework for parenting. Our certified coaches are an extension of our team, and we are so excited to share them with the world.
We have had the privilege of working with, training, and certifying the following individuals as parent coaches. These individuals all run their own practices and are certified to train parents using the Connected Families Framework. Please reach out to these highly qualified Connected Families certified coaches directly. They can’t wait to hear from you!
Bethany Adams – Marriage and Family Ministry Director, Home Educator, BA in International Studies
My husband and I are the directors of Thrive Marriage Ministry, helping families grow in God’s grace through marriage and parenting classes, and community.
After discovering Connected Families and finding the framework so helpful with my own children, I became passionate about helping other parents learn better ways to connect and grow healthy, thriving families. I look forward to coming alongside you in your parenting journey to help you grow and learn to thrive as a parent.
Leslie Adams – MS in Counseling, Licensed School Counselor, Home Educator
When my daughters were first born, my husband worked out of town every weekday and I was struggling with post-partum depression. As a mom desiring to do everything perfectly, I was drowning under a sea of unmet expectations. I had goals and didn’t have a plan for how to make them a reality. From my time as a counselor, I knew I wanted our girls to know their value, but I struggled to enforce consequences.
When I found the Connected Families material, I found the tools to apply the principles that were most important to me in counseling. It was like someone had written a how-to manual on being a wholehearted parent. I was thrilled and spent the next 6 years applying the framework in my home and reading The Discipline that Connects book with as many friends as would meet me for coffee.
So when I learned that Connected Families was training coaches I knew that I wanted to become a coach. And share this life-giving framework with others.
I am passionate about empowering parents as they build a home where everyone feels valued and connected. Using my experience as a school counselor and a parent coach, I would love to walk alongside you as you learn new strategies and apply the Connected Families framework in your home. You can reach me at [email protected].
Steve Bourque – BA in Educational Ministries, MA in Children’s and Family Ministry
I love watching kids grow in wisdom and families bond with a sense of peace and wonder! My life has revolved around building up kids and telling transformational stories. Connected Families has a way of communicating a great message in the messes of daily family life. Coaching has proven to be a highly effective way to build parenting skills and grow connected families. I’m thrilled to pass on this Framework to bless and build other families!
You can get in touch with me at Family Rhythm Coaching or email [email protected] You can also connect through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
I’m married with 3 children (ages 11-15) and serve as a Pastor of Children and Families at my church.
Courtney Dewey – Missionary with Campus Crusade – Training and Developing Leaders
In 2017 I realized there was a disconnect between my current parenting strategies and the goals I had for my children. I desired to raise children who loved Jesus, knew his character, loved his people, and served them well. Children who loved learning, growing, and practicing forgiveness. As I thought about those goals, I realized those are all areas of the heart, and my current parenting was focused mostly on their behavior.
Connected Families helped provide a different perspective, and the tools needed to connect with my child’s heart, and help them daily experience the gospel through our relationship.
Now, as a CF Coach, I come alongside families to help them grow in compassion for their children, develop connective relationships, and discipline in a way that builds wisdom. You can contact me at [email protected].
Elyse Clemence Dushime – BA in Clinical Psychology, MA in Holistic Child Development
As a confused mother struggling to extend grace in discipline to my children, when I was doing my MA in Holistic Child Development, I came across Connected Families and deeply fell in love with the CF Framework. Since that time, I developed a passion to share it with other struggling parents who want to learn how to use Discipline That Connects to disciple their children to be followers of Christ.
I’m married and a mother of a 7-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl, living in East Africa. I have worked as a social worker for more than 15 years and served in the childrens ministry for about 9 years.
I can be reached by email: [email protected] or whatsApp/Telegram/Signal: +251921603943
Sherry L. Fiscella – B.S., Elementary Education
As the mom of two homeschool graduates, I’ve learned the importance of growing in wisdom alongside my kids in every season. With over 25 years of experience as a classroom teacher, school leader, and education consultant, I am sold on the Connected Families framework as one of the best tools for fostering real growth and change in parents and kids alike.
I’d be honored to coach you through any season of your parenting journey. It really is possible to move away from overwhelm and stress toward peace and joy. Let’s connect.
Taylor Irby – Certified Life Coach, BA in Education
As a mom of 5, I understand how challenging parenting can be. Our family served in Eastern Europe with Cru for 11 years where we worked with high school and college students as well as their families and teachers. We have experienced the effects of trauma, adoption, ADHD, anxiety, giftedness, and sensory needs and have found true help through Connected Families.
After becoming a certified life coach, I knew I wanted to help parents so I sought out an additional certification in parent coaching. Through that process, God has drawn me closer to Himself and we have seen breakthroughs not just in our children’s hearts, but in our hearts too.
I’m excited to come alongside you in your parenting journey, to help you lead your home with grace. You can learn more at taylorirbycoaching.com.
Dawn Lausche – Author, Speaker, Home Educator, Trauma-Informed
I was introduced to Connected Families during a traumatic season of my life, and it absolutely transformed both me and my children. As a single mom and an abuse survivor, I found the Framework to be a solid foundation and a grace-filled guide to break generational cycles and bring hope and emotional safety to my struggling family.
As a homeschool mom (the oldest just graduated!), and an adoptive mom, I also have experience navigating ADHD, anxiety, sensory issues, learning difficulties, attachment, abuse, and trauma.
I would love to walk alongside you, to help equip you to experience emotional safety, connection, and joy in your family. I want you to know that the grace of God absolutely can meet you and your child in whatever you are facing and that you don’t have to walk alone in your parenting journey. You can connect with me by reaching out at [email protected]
Marni Love – Credentialed Teacher and Home Educator
As a wife and mom to three boys I am so grateful for the impact Connected Families has had on our family. Through parent coaching my husband and I learned how to apply the framework to create connection and peace in our home. I am so grateful for this experience and am passionate about sharing these tools with other parents.
I have my B.S. in speech pathology and my multiple subject teaching credential. After teaching in public school for many years I felt called to home educate my boys. We started in preschool and have continued through their high school years. We have enjoyed our journey of learning and growing together and it has helped me to understand the unique challenges of parenting and homeschooling.
I have a heart for helping families enjoy their journey and parent with grace while also preparing their children for the future God has for them. I have experience with adoption, ADHD, sensory processing, primitive reflex integration, and highly sensitive children. It would be my greatest pleasure to support you in bringing peace and connection to your home. I can be contacted through my website at marnilove.com.
Corine Pao – MBA from Yale University, BA from National Taiwan University
Over the course of leading our church Sunday school program, I realized that most parents, believer or not thought getting their children to attend church Sunday school would help them grow up with good morals and values. However, the truth is parents are the biggest influencers on their children. The more I served these children, the more I saw the need to serve their parents.
As the youngest of five girls raised in a Chinese family living in Thailand, and educated in an International school, I grew up as a highly adaptable third culture kid. My parents instilled in me a strong sense of willpower and diligence, that I could achieve anything I put my heart to.
I am a good learner and when I became a mom I read many books and took many courses on parenting, thinking this would prepare me to be a good mom. The older my children grew the problems became more complex and not every situation I faced was in the books! I needed help.
Then I was introduced to Connected Families where I helped facilitate the course in Chinese and saw the lives of families change radically from anxious parents who wanted to fix their children to grace-filled parents who modeled change through deeper self-reflection and reliance on God which in turn changed the relationship within their spouse and children. This passion to see lives and families transformed motivated me to become a parent coach.
As a parent coach, I believe there is no “one way” to parent. Through the Connected Families framework, I hope to journey with you in finding God’s given way for your family to grow in grace-filled truth.
I am currently residing in Shanghai, China, and speak English, Mandarin, and Thai. I can be reached at [email protected].
Esther Reich – Registered Nurse and Certified Lactation Counselor
We had reached a crisis point with one of our boys when my husband and I reached out for coaching from Connected Families. Their gospel-infused framework, with very practical tools, has been our main source of help in a setting with very few resources. I grew up in Japan, studied nursing and lactation in the United States, and now serve as a missionary in Guatemala with my husband and 3 boys. As a mom of children with medical issues and special needs, I have a big heart for fellow struggling mothers to lead them to the source of grace I have found. If you are or know of Spanish-speaking parents in Guatemala seeking parenting help, I would be happy to offer coaching. I can be reached at [email protected]
Samantha Sy – Licensed Physical Therapist, Certified Childbirth and New Parent Educator, Lactation Counsellor, Childbirth and Postpartum Doula, Home Educator
Hi, I’m Thammie Sy. I am a wife of a full-time minister, a homeschool mom of four children, and a foster mom. I have been serving alongside my husband in pastoring a church in the Philippines for almost 20 years — as children’s ministry volunteers, campus missionaries, and church planters.
I am excited to journey with parents as they grow towards more grace-filled and connected parenting. You can contact me at [email protected]
Johnny & Viece Taylor – CF Certified Parent Coach (Johnny) & Director of Children’s Ministry (Viece)
As older parents, we hoped that the wisdom of our years would create patience and answers for all parenting issues that would arise. Not only was this not true, but we were surprised by how quickly frustration and anger could arise.
We have been exposed to resources and new opportunities to build wisdom in our children. We want to raise them in an environment filled with the kind of never-ending love and grace that God has blessed us with. There’s not a prescriptive playbook to parenting but there’s help!
Connected Families has helped us stay grounded in faith and reminds us that parenting will be hard, but there is always grace. We hope to share this message and the framework to strengthen and bring other families closer together and closer to God.
Julia Taylor – Credentialed Teacher, MA in Education
I have been in education for 18 years teaching in both the public and private classroom, managing homeschool families, as well as homeschooling my own children.
As a mom of three young daughters, I am in the thick of parenting and have opportunities daily to apply the Connected Families framework which has had a profound impact on myself and my family over the past six years. I am passionate about working with parents to gain confidence in their parenting and to grow a connected family.
I am eager to come alongside you in your parenting journey. Please email me at [email protected].
Alan & Corrie Thetford – Architect (Alan) and M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling (Corrie)
When we realized the way we discipline was driving a wedge between us and our kids and their hearts further from God, we sought coaching through Connected Families. Now, as CF Certified Coaches, we work with other families to experience that same change and restored joy that we found through our coaching experience. You can learn more about us on the podcast we host, “Building Wise Families”. We can be reached through our email at [email protected]
Marlee Thomsen – Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate who works with children, adolescents, young adults, and parents in private practice in Raleigh, NC.
When I was first starting off as a therapist, I was reading a lot about secular parenting and thinking, “There are so many gospel implications here!” Then, The Lord brought me the Connected Families Framework through some friends who had a fridge magnet. I was so relieved and excited to see how Connected Families uses Gospel truths and scripture to fill in the gaps and give a better perspective for everything I had been learning. Since this discovery, I have become very passionate about using the framework with my 1-year-old son and helping other families experience the life-changing impacts of seeking to connect with their children’s hearts and build their children’s identities as beloved children of God, even in misbehavior. If you are interested in working through the framework with me, you can reach me at [email protected].
Joy Wendling – MA in Youth, Family, and Culture
For 20+ years, I have served children, youth, and families through playful discipleship. It wasn’t until I found CF that I was able to understand discipline as authentic discipleship. Now, I love being home with my 5 girls, while also coaching parents and joining the Holy Spirit as he works in their families. You can learn more on my podcast, Playfully Faithful Parenting, at Createdtoplay.com, or by reaching out to me at: [email protected]
Katie Wetsell – M.S. in Nursing, Pediatric Primary Care, SPACE-trained
I’m a pediatric nurse and mom of four through birth and adoption. I am passionate about encouraging and empowering parents to love their families with confidence and connection. Building on my bedside experience, I have also been trained in SPACE treatment (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) to help parents support their children in overcoming anxiety. I can be reached through my website at www.parentwithhope.org.
Ruth Wharton – B.Ed
Based in Malvern, Worcestershire, I am the first Connected Families Certified Coach in the UK. My background is in primary school teaching, I work part-time for a local charity supporting people with autism, and I am a mum of five. For twelve years I worked alongside my husband as we looked after 60 teenage boys in an English boarding school. I am passionate about parenting with grace and unconditional love. The Connected Families framework has united my husband and me in the challenge of simultaneously raising our teenagers and toddlers. I have loved seeing the benefits of connected parenting shape each of our children to become more confident, happy, and emotionally secure. I would love to connect with you and can be contacted by email: [email protected]
Bonnie Williams – M. Ed. in Special Education
I am a wife and the mother of 3 teenagers. I have supported students with learning and behavior challenges for over 25 years, specializing in working with parents with children ages 3 to 15. I am passionate about helping families apply the Connected Families Framework so that they can learn new strategies to grow in wisdom and help lead them in having peaceful, grace-filled homes. I can be reached by email at [email protected]
Becky Wood – BS in Child Development and Special Education
I have a BS in Child Development and Special Education and have taught children from birth to third grade in various environments. Besides classroom teaching, I have supervised student teachers, art and music therapists, and mentored classroom teachers in churches. I have also served as a Child Life Therapist for hospitalized children and their parents. My husband and I were expats for 15 years–raising our four children in Beijing, Manila, and Moscow. All four are now married. We enjoy six lively, young grandchildren. My passion has always been to encourage parents to enjoy their children as they grow “in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52), and the Connected Families Framework has been the perfect addition to her tool belt. https://rlswood09.wixsite.com/parenting
Dijea Young – Parent, Mentor, Teacher
In the middle of pain, hope feels out of reach. As a mom of eight and the eldest child of a once-single parent, I understand. But – your story isn’t over.
With over 30 years of experience as a parent, mentor, and teacher, I’ll help you make room for hope as you strengthen relationships and navigate challenges with your children. For more information, contact me at [email protected]
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Michelle Davidson – Licensed Minister – Sparrow Ministries
I know that parenting is one of the most challenging and rewarding roles that you and I will ever have! I am a wife, mom of two grown married children, and Nonna to three sweet granddaughters. I enjoy empowering parents who have children between the ages of 3 and 15. I have a passion-filled vision from the Lord to plant the truth of God’s love and purpose within the hearts of children and their families.
Tewabech Mengiste – BTH in Biblical Counseling, Children’s Minister
By the Grace of God, I have been involved in Children’s Ministry at different levels for more than 20 years. Children are gifts from God and they are given for purpose. As it is written in Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good work, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” This is not only for adults, it includes children. So, parents are responsible to help children to fulfill their calling.
I am always telling parents that parenting in not an option. The Connected Families Framework changed my attitude and approach of parent training. We need God’s grace and wisdom to serve and save children for eternal life. We have to encourage and learn from one another for good work.
I am living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where I work as a Children’s Minister at SIM. I am passionate to encourage and empower Ethiopian parents wherever they are to raise their children in God’s grace.
You can get in touch with me by email at [email protected]