February 6th: Respect with Love!

Are you longing for a stronger marriage? Have you ever felt stuck in a rut with your husband? Sometimes it can feel hopeless and you can feel so alone in your journey through your marriage. We are excited about Sandy Spangler coming to share with us about his own marriage and share hope for yours. Sandy accepted the call to FamilyLife in 1995 with his wife Cheryl, who last March went to be with Jesus after an 18 month battle with cancer. After reporting to his assignment with FamilyLife in 1996, Sandy served in the Conference and Events Department of the ministry, giving leadership to between 7 and 10 conference cities in the areas of volunteer team building and event promotion.

Starting in July of 2003 Sandy assumed responsibility to oversee training and coaching of new FamilyLife missionary staff in the area of Ministry Partner Development. That assignment was extended to include all missionary staff, new and already on assignment, as well in 2007.

Sandy also serves on Cru’s (formally known as Campus Crusade for Christ) MPD Executive Team focused on training and development of mid-career new missionary staff. Sandy and Cheryl have 2 married children, Mathew (Stacy) and Michelle (Josh) and five grandchildren Allea, Kaiden, Koleson, Kendalyn and Kinley.

Before accepting the call to FamilyLife staff Sandy was the owner/operator of an electrical construction company in northeast Ohio for over 15 years.


January 23rd: Fearfully & Wonderfully YOU!


Kristen Chakranarayan is the decade-long wife of her college sweetheart, David, and the mama of five beautiful, crazy, “fearfully and wonderfully made” daughters. The Chaks live in St.Leon, Indiana, where David pastors Cross Point Church.

While her formal education was acquired at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, Kristen considers the past ten years of marriage, motherhood, and ministry to be her richest opportunities for learning and personal growth.

Kristen is passionate about encouraging women to embrace their God-given uniqueness– personality, giftedness, experiences, their “story”– and to capitalize on their strengths in order to maximize the impact of their lives, for their families and the “circle” that God has placed around them.

Besides homeschooling her girls and doing exorbitant amounts of laundry, Kristen enjoys copying other people’s craftiness from Pinterest, “treasure hunting” at yard sales and thrift stores, writing, and soul-stirring conversation with friends. If she had a million dollars, she would hire a private chef and never cook again. Ever.

Meeting other moms and making new friends is one of her favorite things, and she can’t wait to share what is on her heart!  I know you will be blessed to hear from her!