MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Aglow welcomes Dan and Barb Humphrey of TouchPointe on Monday, Aug. 21, at 6:30 p.m., at Covenant Christian Church’s multipurpose building, 13360 New Delaware Road, Mount Vernon.
Dan and Barb Humphrey have been married for over 48 years and have a passion for helping couples have a meaningful relationship together. They have taught several marriage classes, worked with engaged couples, and have mentored couples who have gone through a crisis in their relationship. They have three children, all married, and they enjoy their 10 grandchildren, who are all under the age of 14.
Over the years, Barb and Dan have participated in World Wide Marriage Encounter, a variety of marriage retreats and conferences, and are trained as Prepare/Enrich facilitators. Barb has had extensive training in Marriage and Family relations through the American Association of Christian Counselors and has a diploma in Biblical Lay Counseling. They are marriage coaches and not professional marriage counselors or therapists.
They have a combined 65 years of working in the public education sector. Barb retired as a Mount Vernon High School language arts teacher and Dan retired as the Fredericktown superintendent of schools.
In their retirement, they founded TouchPointe Marriage and Family Resources in 2010. It has grown considerably during the past seven years to include more than just the marriage piece. Dan and Barb volunteer their time along with about 15 other volunteers but have added two paid staff members to handle the additional workload. The faith-based nonprofit has expanded into helping men and women in poverty or those coming from jail or prison to find employment by working closely with the Knox County Court system, Job & Family Services, and other community agencies in a program called KnoxWorks, based on the highly successful Cincinnati Works model.
The volunteers and paid staff have been trained to provide support to the many “neighbors” that come to TouchPointe for services. They are called “Neighbors” because the intent is to develop meaningful relationships with each of the men and women being served.
“Barb and I will be discussing the TouchPointe Ministry in general,” Dan said. “We have been Christian all of our lives. We served in Sierra Leone, West Africa in the early 70s as teachers. We have been back to Sierra Leone two other times, the last time in 2012 to teach water hygiene and sanitation in a small village. We have also been to Haiti a number of times on short term mission projects.
As we look back over the years, we see God’s hand in most of what we do. He is using all of our past experiences as we work in the TouchPointe ministry.”
This meeting and all meetings are open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.