Our EFCCL Marriage Ministry is designed to help married couples strengthen the foundation of their relationship through biblical principles and fellowship in a small group setting.

The Marriage Ministry at EFCCL

Workshops consist of small groups at tables, and are held 3 times a year - winter, spring and fall. Each workshop/session meets for 5-7 consecutive weeks and explores topics such as God's Design for Marriage, Family of Origin, Forgiveness, Listening and Communication, Condition of Your Heart, Love Languages and more.

EFCCL believes in the biblical definition of marriage between one man and one woman. Groups are led by married couples who have a passion for building stronger marriages. Participants do not have to be members or attenders of the church but are required to complete a registration assessment of their relationship. A small fee will be charged to cover the cost of materials used in the course. 

Marriage Workshops Schedule

Each calendar year there are 3 sessions, or workshops, that will generally cover different topics. We recommend planning to attend at least 3 sessions for the maximum benefits. Registration is required for each new workshop/session. Along with registering, all couples must fill out a Marriage Ministry Application. 

(Childcare is provided!) 

• Email completed applications to Jill Cristao
• Or, turn completed applications into the church office in an envelope marked
"Attention Jill Cristao"

Winter Session: February 9 - March 9

Friday evenings from 7-9 pm in the Lighthouse Cafe
"Sacred Marriage - What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?"
This is for all married couples, from those simply looking to enhance their marriage all the way to couples contemplating divorce.  (No childcare is provided.)
This 5-week session is limited to 10 couples and is on a first come, first served basis.

Cost: $8.50 per session workbook. *It's highly recommended that each spouse has their own book 

Spring Session: April 6 - May 11

Friday evenings from 7-9 pm in the Lighthouse Cafe
Topic TBD


Fall Session: (Tentatively) September 14 - October 19

Friday evenings from 7-9 pm in the Lighthouse Cafe
Topic TBD


Mike and JoAnn Page
Marriage Ministry Leaders

Men may call Mike at 847-987-0911
Women may call JoAnn at 847-274-8621
Email them at:


Mike & JoAnn Page

Overseeing our Marriage Ministry are Mike and JoAnn Page. Mike and JoAnn will be married 30 years in May 2018, and have 3 children, Shelby, 24; Matthew, 22; and Hallie, 17. They live in Crystal Lake. They have an extraordinary passion to serve married couples. As a couple who early on in their marriage felt they had no hope and were contemplating divorce, they found help through a marriage ministry at their previous church. For the past 14 years they have been serving married couples through leading small group tables, and teaching and coaching marriage ministry leaders. EFCCL is blessed by the experience, knowledge, and passion they bring to this ministry.  Mike and JoAnn hope that married couples, whether in distress or looking to simply strengthen their marriage, can get the godly help and support they need.