Our Mission

MISSION: To educate and equip couples in Central California with healthy relationship skills that help prevent domestic violence and create emotionally healthy homes for children.

VISION: A community of Healthy Marriages. Happy Kids. Strong Families.

SCOPE: Our coalition reaches out to individuals and couples in the Fresno/Madera County area and beyond.

GOAL: Our goal is to impart practical relationship skills to engaged and married couples, single parents and their children.

bookHISTORY: In July, 2004, Ron & Joan founded Marriage Mentoring Ministries, Inc., (MMMI) in an effort to help improve the quality of marriages and families in Central California. MMMI works primarily with churches and has seen more than 240 couples trained from 43 different churches. In 2006 the McLains founded the Healthy Marriage Coalition in order to provide marriage education classes to churches and the general public. They have been in the ministry since 1974 and have served with Campus Crusade for Christ, two local churches and, most recently, Link Care Center in Fresno, California as Director of Pastoral Care. The McLains have three grown children and three grandsons and two granddaughters who all reside in Fresno, California. They have a daughter, Michelle, and a son, Alex, waiting for them in heaven. In 2014, Ron authored the #1 best-selling book on Amazon in the counseling category, “The Resurrection Marriage: Breathe New Life Into Your Relationship.”

Our Staff

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Ron McLain, Director of Marketing & Communications

 Ron’s email: fresnomarriage@gmail.com

Joan McLain, Administrator

 Joan’s email: joanmclain@gmail.com 

Dave & Cheryl Belden Director of Marriage Education & Training

Dave & Cheryl Belden, Executive Directors

Belden’s email: belden4@sbcglobal.net 

Board of Directors


Dave Belden

Ron McLain

Dave Wear

Silvia Wear

Ed Davis

Lori Davis


Advisors to the Board
Robyn Esraelian, Esq.
Doyle Daniel, CPA

Contact Us

For more information:

David & Cheryl Belden:

Phone: 559-367-1228 David;  559-974-8924 Cheryl
E-mail: belden4@sbcglobal.net


Donations (made payable to Fresno County Healthy Marriage Coalition (FCHMC) may be mailed to:

P. O. Box 25221
Fresno, CA 93729

Honorary National Board of Reference

William J. Doherty, Ph.D. Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program University of Minnesota Twin Cities, MN
Bill Coffin, Former Special Assistant for Marriage Education ACF/HHS (2002-10) Silver Spring, MD
Julie Baumgardner, Executive Director First Things First Chattanooga, TN
John Van Epp, Ph.D. Love Thinks, LLC Medina, OH
Ron Deal, President of Smart Stepfamilies(TM) and Director of FamilyLife Blended(TM), Little Rock, AR
Carolyn Curtis, Ph.D. Founder, Relationship Skills Center Sacramento, CA
Richard Albertson, Founding President Live the Life Tallahassee, FL
Patty Howell, Ed.M., A.G.C. Vice President of Operations and Media Relations California Healthy Marriages Coalition (CHMC) Leucadia, CA
Kay Reed, President & Executive Director The Dibble Institute Berkeley, CA
Eric & Jennifer Garcia, Founders of Association of Marriage and Family Ministries, Scottsdale, CA

Our Sponsors


Valley Iron, Inc.
Cole Fisher Cole O’Keefe & Mahoney
Fosters Freeze


New Covenant Community Church
NorthPointe Community Church
Clovis Christian Church
Campus Bible Church

Peoples Church





  • “This class saved our marriage! Before this class my wife and I couldn’t stop fighting. Skills gave us a “fight-free” zone.”
  • “There was a change in our relationship before we left the first class. This experience was more than I expected. Thanks!”
  • “This class has opened my eyes to how little time I spend trying to understand my partner. I never realized that the best way to be heard is to shut up and listen.”
  • “It helped me to be a better listener. Usually I’d be thinking about what I was going to say next instead of listening.”
  • “It has been able to lead my wife and I into some really deep and meaningful conversations.”
  • “It helped me to understand what empathy was and actually show it to my wife. I also feel like I am being listened to now.”
  • “I learned skills to be able to communicate in a structured way with not only my spouse, but my children, parents, friends and employees.”
  • “We communicate while staying calm and avoid trigger words making the conversation more productive.”
  • “We were able to talk without yelling. I became way less defensive in discussions.”
  • “My husband and I have a great marriage – or so we thought. This class helped us address issues that we were avoiding. This class gave us the skills we needed to discuss issues skillfully and emotionally without being emotional.”
  • “It has helped my wife and I communicate about subjects we both felt uncomfortable talking about. It also helped us to speak to our adult children to open communication which had been very difficult to do without getting angry or defensive.”
  • “Gave us skills to discuss issues without getting out of control or upset.”
  • “It opened some doors that we had closed and we were unaware of what we were missing out on.”
  • “I feel this class helped my husband and I laugh again. We were able to lower our tones and hear what we were saying.”
  • “We can now discuss some issues where we would normally just walk away from them at home.”
  • “This class helped us to be able to work out big issues in our marriage while avoiding all the negative aspects that used to dominate our arguments.”
  • “Taking this class has opened my eyes to all of the things my relationship was missing. These skills bring back the youth to our relationship. I’d take this class again!!!”
  • “We used our skills a lot while driving in the car together. Everything about the class was great. We loved it and want to take it again. Thanks for all the help!”
  • “I always thought we had a strong marriage, but after taking this course we reached a deeper and more meaningful level.”
  • “The skills worked far superior to how I thought they would have.”
  • “This class helped me safely travel on the uneven terrain of relationships.”