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The Mission:

In the mind of the Lord, Growing Together Ministries was founded to impact hurting individuals, marriages and families by providing a source of renewal and restoration for their faith in God.

Growing Together Ministries began in 1970.  Dr. Duane Cuthbertson had been working with Personality Dynamics (a Christian Counseling center) in Ann Arbor, MI.  He observed a woman "turned away" for counseling because she lacked hospitalization.  Dr. Cuthbertson offered to counsel her and her husband "free" at a local church and the counseling portion of Growing Together Ministries was born. Since then, Duane has counseled hundreds of individuals and couples for no charge.

While working for Personality Dynamics, Dr. Cuthbertson was also serving as the Assistant Pastor at Grace Bible Church (also in Ann Arbor).  The Pastor, Dr. Raymond Saxe, started an evening Bible study in which Duane taught a class on marriage.  This birthed the Christian seminar portion of Growing Together Ministries.  Since that time, Duane has addressed more than 100,000 people working with such organizations as ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International), ICEA (International Christian School Association), Moody College and numerous other Bible conferences and denominations.  He now travels to local churches and presents seminars in such areas as marriage and Biblical child rearing.

For many years Growing Together Ministries has broadcast throughout the nation.  Duane has taught on marriage and many other psychological integrated topics.   

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The Man:

Dr. Duane Cuthbertson is a graduate of Lincoln Park High School where he was active in athletics and graduated with high honors. He received his A.B. degree from Taylor University where he was the student body president.  He graduated with honors.   He received graduate degrees from Gordon Cromwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Massachusetts State College (M.Ed.), and Western Conservative Baptist Seminary (D.Min.).

Duane gained additional experience as a Youth Pastor at Park Street Church in Boston, MA, an Assistant Pastor at Grace Bible Church in Ann Arbor, MI and Pastor at Lowell Covenant Church in Lowell, MA.  He has headed the psychology departments at Bryan and William Tyndale Colleges.  To date, Duane has founded the World Bible Quiz Association, Huron Valley Youth for Christ, WYFC Radio and Growing Together Ministries.  He also taught at Eastern Tennessee and Bushy Mountain prisons.  He has also had the privilege to lead devotionals for the Detroit Tigers, the Detroit Lions and the University of Michigan football team.  At present, Duane is teaching adjunct at Spring Arbor University while continuing his outreach through Growing Together Ministries.

Most importantly Duane has been married for 48 years.  He and his wife, Marilyn, have five children and 17 grandchildren.

Dr. Cuthbertson has also authored two published books.  The book Raising Your Child Not Your Voice (Victor) was well received and translated into four other languages.  His other book: The Marriage Manual was published by Horizon House and has continued to be a powerful tool for the author and his "patients".   

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