"Dave helped us answer questions about our relationship we didn't even know we should be asking, especially as a long distance couple. It helped us know for sure that we were ready for a marriage commitment." - Nick & Allison
I created this course because I’ve counseled way too many couples over the past 35 years who were struggling in their marriages. Many of them now believed they shouldn’t have gotten married in the first place. Instead of dealing with their doubts and concerns before they got married, they assumed their concerns were just nerves as they got swept away in the excitement of planning for the wedding.
And eventually their marriages ended up in serious trouble.
This course will help you avoid being in that situation.
The sessions in this course will lead you into twelve fun and marriage-changing conversations that will help you confirm if marriage is the right thing for the two of you. These twelve topics are issues that have come up over and over again in the marriage counseling I have done.
Through this course I want to help you have the best marriage possible by asking yourselves these questions now, before you get married.
My wife and I were serious about finding a lifelong partner... Time spent under Dave's guidance gave us the assurance to move forward. - Michael & Kim
The goal is for you to come out of
this course with the confidence
that marriage is the right thing
for the two of you.
As the instructor of this course, you would probably like to know a little about me. First of all, you can simply call me Dave, though I also answer to Dr. Dave, Pastor Dave, or even “Hey you.”
Over the past 35 years it’s been my privilege to help hundreds of couples prepare for marriage, save their marriages, or improve their marriages. Although I have a formal education that prepared me to do that, I’d say my greatest asset has been my own marriage which has now lasted 41 years. And yes, we are still loving our life together. But if you’re interested in my formal education, it includes a BA in Sociology from Westmont College, a Masters Degree from Talbot Seminary, and a Doctorate in Ministry from Western Seminary.
As an author I’ve written six books including Before You Get Engaged, Before You Live Together, and Just One More Thing: Before You Leave Home.
My wife Bernice and I live in Mountain View, CA. I love to play golf and travel. We have two sons, one daughter, two daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, and eleven precious grandchildren.
If you’re thinking about getting married, hoping to get married, or want to make sure getting married is the right thing for you, it would be my honor to help you know for sure that you’ve found the right person and you’re both ready to get married.
What others are saying...
Our time working with Dave was incredibly beneficial, and we looked forward to each session. He was instrumental in getting our engagement and marriage off to a great start, and we are incredibly thankful. - Samantha & Jonathan
Pastor Dave helped us stay focused on God and His plan for us as individuals and as a couple, and he helped us look at dating, engagement, and marriage through the lens of God, His word, and His plans. After his counseling, we felt more equipped to make the second best decision in our lives! - Austin & Ellen
Dave led us to discuss things that helped us set clear expectations and understand each other better as we prepared for marriage and starting a family. Getting Dave's help was one of the best decisions we made before getting married. - Joyce & George
Though we both came from strong previous marriages and lost our mates to medical issues, we’re thankful for Dave’s counseling. He helped us see where we were compatible and what areas needed to be worked on. It was perfect for us. - Susie & Galen