About Steve & Mary

Hi!  We are Steve and Mary Decker and we are encouraging Christian parents to 'think outside the box.' 

We have been married for 35 years.  We have four adult children and five grandchildren who encourage us often with their faith and energy. 

Raising our children during these times of social and moral transition has been the most important, difficult, and rewarding job we have ever had.

It has required a lot of determination, learning, changing, and growing. We couldn't have done it without the support of our Christian community. 

We believe The Church is God's agency to bring love, truth, and redemption to the world.  

Because we believe the Christian family is vital to the Church's ongoing mission, we encourage parents to embrace their calling with faith, hope, and determination.  

We challenge parent-leaders to declare their intentions, work their own unique plan, enlist a support team, and make an impact over generations.

Here are two scriptures that helped us clarify our calling to this ministry:

Judges 2:10  ­"After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord, nor what He had done for Israel."

Matthew 9:36 “When he saw the crowds He had compassion on them because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

Originally from the Chicago area, we have lived in Central Illinois for over 25 years. We have been active in our local church and served in a  local Celebrate Recovery ministry.  For over 10 years we have been serving in the Heart of Illinois Community of United Marriage Encounter as board members and as a presenting team couple.  We are employed locally and maintain a small family business.