Meet the Team
Christoph and Lena Yasutake have been married for 12 years and have three beautiful children, Telani, Kohan and Zyana. They are both equally passionate about marriage education and helping blessed couples create happy and healthy families. They have served in the Young Couples Ministry for six years and are frequent guest speakers at Blessing Workshops. They have both served in leadership positions, most recently as Young Adult Ministers of the Family Church of Connecticut. They are crazy about each other and work to maintain their relationship by taking advantage of every marriage seminar, costume ball and date night they can get to! They reside in Bridgeport, and Lena is a teacher and full time student at the University of Bridgeport, while Christoph is a former teacher, proud UB alumni and currently works in technology.
BFM Webinar: “Sex, Health and Happiness," with Christoph & Lena
BFM Webinar: “Sex, Health and Happiness for Men," with Christoph
Mari and Richard Curry are young Unificationists who have a passion for creating good marriages. They met at the age of 17, and now, 10 years later with two children, William and Lianna, they are more inspired about marriage than ever before. Mari has a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Theology from Cheongshim Graduate School of Theology, and Richard has a BA in Exercise Science. After they co-pastored the South Florida Family Church, they moved to Bloomfield, New Jersey, and now Mari serves as Co-Vice President of HSA-UWC. They are excited to be a part of the Blessed Marriage Project because it puts into action the good work of building healthy couples, which in turn fuels good families.
BFM Webinar: "Friendship in Marriage," with Richard & Mari
For Crescentia and Leighton DeGoede their marriage is a tremendous source of nourishment and challenge. A deep sense of shared purpose motivates them to support other couples’ capacities to grow in love. After being Blessed in October 2010, they spent the first few years of their marriage serving as youth pastors and then pastors of the Philadelphia Unification Family Church. Currently they are leading the national Blessing & Family Ministry initiative after being recognized by Mother Moon for their ability and desire to serve others. Through the Blessed Marriage Project they seek to empower couples to experience greater joy and true love in their marriages. Crescentia has a BA in Sociology and Leighton has a BS in Information Sciences. The DeGoedes live in Bloomfield, New Jersey, and are the proud parents of a baby girl, Rose.
Nancy Jubb is currently an Independent Communications Consultant. She has her degree in Journalism and Media and previously worked for the U.S. Embassy in London for 5 years. She has a passion for communications, especially when it comes to marriages. Although her first education in marriage occurred when she was matched and Blessed to Matthew Jubb in 2004 at East Garden, both she and her husband discovered The Marriage Course shortly after the birth of their second daughter. It was a profound experience they didn't know they needed and sparked Nancy's crusade to help marriages wherever she can. She has led the program in the South London (UK), Maryland and New Jersey communities and hopes to plant the seeds of spreading it to every Unificationist community, big and small. When not promoting The Marriage Course, she can be found running after her two young daughters.
John Williams began his fascination with Unificationist and scientific perspectives on love, marriage and sexuality at the age of 20, in reaction to his own parents’ divorce, and has been giving presentations on these topics since then. He helped develop the American church’s marriage preparation and enrichment curriculum, and has taught related courses at the Unification Theological Seminary. John has also developed teaching materials on the Unification Principle and he is the co-author of Educating for True Love: Explaining Sun Myung Moon’s Teaching on Morality, Family and Society (2006), as well as contributing author to Cultivating Heart and Character: Educating for Life's Most Essential Goals (2000). As the director of the Blessed Marriage Project, he seeks to not only raise up a new generation of relationship educators, but to also help make marriage education a normal part of our church culture at every stage of life. With the support of his wife, Cathy, to whom he was Blessed in marriage in 1982, he also seeks to develop a uniquely Unificationist relationship education curriculum. John is a licensed Mental Health Counselor, and has a Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling, and a Masters in Religious Education from the Seminary. He enjoys gardening, fiber crafts, and collecting music in his spare time. John and Cathy live in Clifton, New Jersey. They have an adult Blessed daughter, HyoJeong.
Kate Pugnoli serves as the BMP Community Liaison. A Unificationist since 1978, she graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in English literature. She also has a Masters of Religious Education from the Unification Theological Seminary where she took a keen interest in counseling courses and their practical application to life. A former journalist, Kate is also a certified Montessori teacher and has been an educator for the past 17 years teaching a diversity of age groups and subject areas. Additionally, she has participated in and facilitated sharing groups in her local Tucson, Arizona, church community including a couple's support group. The proud mother of two sons, Gabriel and Christopher, who were both Blessed in 2015, she is happily married to Simon Herbert, who works in historic preservation. Her hope in working with the BMP is to connect with communities across the country in order to make the Energize! Couples Retreat available to as many couples as possible. When not moving the retreats forward, Kate can be found indulging her passion for the marine environment through diving, snorkeling and kayaking in any salty sea she happens to be near.