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Emerson Eggerichs's Bio:
Dr. Emerson Eggerichs left the pastorate to launch Love & Respect Ministries and to devote fulltime to building healthy marriages in 1999. The release of his first book, Love & Respect, in the Fall of 2004 started a revolution in how couples relate to each other based on Ephesians 5:33—that a husband must love his wife, and a wife must respect her husband. The book has sold more than 400,000 copies, has remained in the Top 10 on several best-selling lists, and has received numerous awards including the Gold Medallion, Retailer’s Choice and Book of the Year for 2007 from Family Christian Book Stores.

Emerson and his wife, Sarah, have been married since 1973, and the principles they apply have worked powerfully in their own marriage. Both came out of families that have experienced much divorce. They know first hand what hurts a marriage, but they also know the ingredients for strong marriages. For the past eight years, Emerson and Sarah have presented their unique message to thousands of couples at Love and Respect Marriage Conferences nationwide.

Emerson received his B.A. in Biblical Studies and an M.A. in Communications from Wheaton College and Graduate school. He was later awarded his Masters in Divinity from Dubuque Seminary, and he earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Child and Family Ecology. He has served on the board of the National Center for Fathering, and is on the board of the Michigan Family Forum. He has also served on the committee for Michigan’s Year of the Child and Family with the state’s Lieutenant Governor. Emerson was the senior pastor of East Lansing Trinity church for nearly 20 years.

Emerson and Sarah have three adult children and make their home in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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