Marriages That Made a Difference

Peter and Matti Wong

Married: 9/25/1988 Encountered: February 2005 Location: Shanghai, China Roles: Financial Couple, Executive/Contact Couple for Australia Status: Active What makes them legends Peter & Matti Wong were encountered in February 2005 in Shanghai, China. They served as...

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Phil and Claudia Cargill

Married: 10-13-1963 Encountered: 1987 Location: IA-IL Roles: Staff, Admin, Deeper Lay, Assistant Executive Couple, Secretary Status: Retired Team – Muscatine, Iowa What makes them legends This couple is a really amazing clergy couple.  They have lead in so many areas....

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Rick and Nancy Grace

Married 7-12-1975 Encountered:1989 Location: Peoria, IL Roles: Community Financial Couple, Community Secretary Couple, Heart of Kansas Executive Couple, Clergy Team Couple, Clergy Executive Couple, TRC, Clergy Team Application Group Ham and Eggs: 2008 Status:...

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Bob and Ann Diederich

Married 4-12-1969 Encountered:1994 Location: Orlando, Fl. Roles: Executive Couple 2001-2009, Investment Committee Chair, Senior Team Couple Ham and Eggs: 2010 Status: Retired Team – Austin Texas What makes them legends This couple is a really amazing couple....

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Phil and Marlene Bauman

Married 5-19-1956 Encountered:1988 Location: Hong Kong Roles: Deeper Clergy, Clergy Executive Couple, Expansion Committee Clergy Team, Board member, Executive Committee Ham and Eggs: 2005 Status: Retired Clergy Team - Minnesota What makes them legends This couple is a...

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Mike and Jo Anne Ruby

Married 3-22-69 Encountered: 1976 Location: Worldwide – Kansas City Married 3-22-69 Roles: Staff member Status: Retired staff – Muscatine, Iowa What makes them legends Mike & Jo Anne Ruby were encountered in May 1976 on a Worldwide Catholic Weekend in Kansas City,...

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Ben and Barb Newcomb

Married 6-3-1957 Encountered:1980 Location: IA-IL Roles: Executive Couple (1992 – 1997) , Admin Team, Deeper Lay Team, Celebration Committee Chair Couple, Celebration Committee Ham and Eggs: 2000 Status: Retired Team What makes them legends Under Ben's & Barbara’s...

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Dave and Jeanie Stanley

Encountered: 1979
Location: IA-IL
Roles: Executive Couple (1983 – 1990) – Admin, Deeper Lay, Executive Couple, Secretary, Treasurer Board, Executive Committee, Investment Committee, Assistant Secretary, and WORC.

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Marv and Sara Lindsey

Married 9-1-1962 Encountered:1981 Location: New Jersey Roles: Board members, Admin Team Ham and Eggs – 1991 Status: Marv Survives What makes them legendsMarv and Sara Lindsey served as the first New Jersey Community Executive Couple. Couples in New Jersey sparked...

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Your Story

Many UME couples could be called legendary for the positive role their marriage has played in the lives of others.  Of course it would be impossible to know all of those who are deserving.  So who did we miss?  We need your help!  Nominate a Legendary Marriage Encounter Marriage here.

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Ham and Eggs

The ham and eggs award is all about sacrificial giving.  While many are ready to give something of their time and resources, every year there is one couple that gives of themselves over and above.  For this couple we award them the ham and eggs award.


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Anyone who has been on a marriage encounter weekend will tell you of the wonderful gift they received.  Every couple on a weekend is in fact supported by another couple who wants to pass along the gift they received.  Won't you please consider giving the gift of a weekend to another couple?

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History of UME

Most happy endings are preceeded by a good story.  And United Marriage Encounter is no different.  From humble beginings to an international marriage ministry, the ride has been anything but boring.  So come reminisce with us.



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