We are focused on providing inspiration, encouragement and empowerment to your marriage. We have been through many adversities in our marriage. We don't mind being transparent and relevant when confronting the issues plaguing marriages today. We believe in you and we believe in God's most beautiful design...marriage. It is vital that we become militant in taking back our marriages. And through the strategy that God has in place, we can be victorious! We hope that this sight will be the catalyst that drives your to submit to God and give your marriage hope.
Meet the Team
Larry and Novica have been married for over 20 years, they have three beautiful adult daughters, three granddaughters and two grandsons. After overcoming a difficult marital season, Larry and Novica attributes their reconciliation to God being the source to which they were able to create an even stronger marriage. Their transparency in sharing their testimony, blessed many couples. They developed the desire to speak life into broken marriages, and after many years of mentoring couples, and serving in their church for more than 15 years, the Lord called them out to begin Marriage Matters Today. Their mission is to inspire, encourage and empower couples globally.
Larry and Novica are focused on equipping couples for a solid foundation in marriage, as well as conducting pre-marital coaching. Both are ordained Elders and have partnered with Fellowship of Churches in Christ as the fellowship's marriage outreach ministry. They serve on the core leadership team at Vineyard Columbus' East Campus, as Small Group and Community Life Coordinators. They are marriage coaches for the marriage and family life ministry as well. This dynamic couple can't help but bring laughter and fun wherever they go. Their leadership is well respected and God has anointed them, as they have been a visible influence in their ministry and to couples globally.
Larry and Novica always reminds couples,
" Don't be afraid to be the one who loves the most in your marriage"
Derrick and Susan Thompson are humbled to join the Marriage Matters Today Team. They will be married eight years on August 27, 2019 and have not been conformed to any box society attempts to place on couples. They are happy and content living their lives unconventionally as directed by God.
Derrick and Susan both committed their lives to Christ and were baptized as young people and blessed to have home churches that consistently encouraged and supported their relationship with Jesus Christ. Susan was part of a mission trip to Chile at the age of 16. Derrick preached his first sermon and was ordained a Minister in 1997, and in 2003 he was ordained an Elder. In 2007 Derrick had the honor of baptizing Susan at his home church, as she joined his church.
Both Derrick and Susan have a heart to serve and have held various roles inside the church as well as volunteering in the community such as being mentors to youth and feeding the homeless.
Derrick and Susan moved to the Columbus area a few years ago and have been active members in the Marriage Small Group hosted by the Novica and LJ (Marriage Matters Today Cofounders). Derrick and Susan have been a part of Vineyard Columbus Community and recently was led to join Vineyard Columbus East Campus, and participate in various volunteer opportunities.
Derrick and Susan love to spend their free time traveling, camping, and eating good with their friends and family including their 15-year-old Son, and 3-year-old Miniature Schnauzer.
The Thompson's love the Lord and desire his will to be worked out in their lives, so all Glory be unto God! They believe that it takes a village of support, honesty, and love to strengthen and encourage married couples.
The Thompson’s shared,
“Through transparency, tears, prayers, and our faith God has sustained our marriage and allowed us to continue the journey together through many trials and tribulations. We believe other couples can draw closer to each other by drawing closer to God, which will enrich their marriage and strengthen their families.”
Richard and Angel are host leaders and soon-to-be marriage coaches for the Vineyard Columbus Church. They will have been married for eleven years on May 23, 2019. Their Christian journey began at their previous church where Richard committed his life and Angel recommitted her life and both were baptized in the faith in June 2008 as a couple. Seeking the Lords path, Angel became a leader for Women’s and Children’s Ministry and Richard was ordained as a Deacon and led Men’s Ministry. They were then led to membership at Vineyard Columbus East Campus because it was a church big enough to serve them but small enough to know them. To promote the campus vision, Richard and Angel hope that in serving the Marriage and Family Life ministry by sharing their endearing testimony will encourage couples to put their faith in God and trust His plan for their marriage. When they aren’t planning, cooking or traveling, they spend most of their time playing with their young children, Cameron, 8 and Saveen, 5. Richard has two children from previous marriages. By God’s grace, they have been able to keep close ties with Alicia, 16 and Chyna, 28, despite both children being in different states. Richard and Angel are currently evaluating whether they will pursue theological training through the Vineyard Institute to follow God’s plan of bringing the Word to the world. .
Richard and Angel stated:
“We started off on the wrong path in our relationship, but God has a way of turning deceitful hearts and fleshly desires into graceful testimony. He came into our lives with a vengeance and quickly changed our path and lives forever. Today we look back and say ‘Glory be to God, for He knows the plans He has made for us.’ We are truly grateful for His mercy!”