David & Wende Butcher
— Coaches, Trainers & Presenters —
David and Wende share many passions - doing life together, their three children and nine beautiful, talented and lovable grandchildren. But they are most passionate about helping couples establish, develop, strengthen and repair lifelong marriages in Canada.
David and Wende are Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coaches. David has a background in Not-For-Profit Development and Wende holds a BA (Hons) and a B Ed from Queens University in Kingston, ON.
The vision for Heart to Heart Marriage and Family Ministries was born out of an organization founded by Rev. Lorne Shepherd in the early 1990s. In the summer of 2008, David and Wende took over the ministry, continuing Rev. Shepherd’s vision to invest in the establishment, improvement, and strengthening of lifelong marriages. In 2016, David and Wende transitioned the leadership of Heart to Heart to Ron and Ann Mainse so they could focus on working more directly with couples through their coaching practice.
With over 40 years of marriage, they bring to marriage coaching, marriage mentor training and marriage education a wealth of experience and knowledge coupled with a sense of humour, transparency and a genuine desire to see couples' relationships strengthened and repaired. Their goal is to see the divorce rate reduced in churches and communities across Canada through helping young couples prepare for successful marriages, coaching couples in distress, training and equipping marriage mentors and helping churches establish effective, ongoing homegrown marriage ministry.
David and Wende have a keen desire to follow the passion God has given them to see new marriages built on a strong foundation with the assistance of a mentoring program, to see struggling marriages strengthened and restored and to see families reinstated so their children once again have the security and assurance that they will not have to fear what tomorrow may bring. It is their belief that a healthy family unit builds a strong foundation for future generations to enjoy.