Hey there. We are Justin and Trish and we are so honored you’ve checked out our blog and our ministry. Here is a little bit about us. Our hope is that as you learn more about us and our story, you allow us to learn more about you as you become a part of the RefineUs community.
Our return to ministry is the result of a victorious battle for our marriage and family. After successfully planting our first church, Justin had an affair with a staff member, who was also Trisha’s best friend.
What followed was a 4-year journey of pain, grief and ultimately the restoration of our relationship by the grace of God. This experience left a watermark on our marriage of what it really means to experience grace, love and redemption firsthand—both individually and as a couple.
In 2009 we founded RefineUs Ministries using their story of failure, loss, and transformation to guide individuals, couples, churches, pastors, pastor’s wives and church planters towards a healthy marriage and family.
We currently wear a lot of hats. We are bloggers, authors, and church planters. We live in Indianapolis, IN with our three boys.
After six years at Cross Point Church, we moved in July 2015 to Indianapolis to start Hope City Church. We’ve seen hope play such a big role in our own story, we want start a movement of hope in the city of Indianapolis.
We both attended Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, IL where we met and fell in love (with Justin adamantly asking Trisha out twice a week for 6 months before she said yes.)
Justin received his BA degree in Christian Education in Lincoln and Trisha later earned her degree from Indiana University.
With the rare free time that we can scrounge up, you will find us going on walks, eating at PF Changs, or having coffee together; and sometimes all three at once.
Our first book, Beyond Ordinary: When a Good Marriage Isn’t Good Enough from Tyndale House Publishers, is available now. You can order from a number of places today. Click here for more info.
We are passionate about sharing all that God has done in our life, marriage and family. If you would like more information about booking us for your event, your church service or a conference, please check out our speaking page.
We shared our story with the Catalyst Conference. You can view the six minute video below.