Pleased to Meet You

Hi, I’m Tassie. You’re hDSC_0157ere to learn me about me. Well, me too. Where to begin?

I am a passionate follower of Jesus, a creative minister and an experienced coach and trainer of leaders, as well as a proven equipper of parents and volunteers. My husband Ken and I are a clergy couple raising two great young adults.

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That’s why my personal mission statement is “Helping make Jesus real in the lives of families, beginning with our own.”

I am transitional minister at First Pres of Downers Grove, IL, a family size church. Ken is regional  church consultant with the PC(USA) Board of Pensions.

Why Family Launch? I believe in equipping parents and churches to help families rocket into God’s good future together.

After seven years of effective family ministry in a tall-steeple church, I retrained to focus on fundamentals of passing on faith through families and to serve as a church consultant. In 2015, I received my DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary. My project was life-changing; I looked at passing on faith through families and the power of intergenerational connections. I teach parenting classes using the Love and Logic approach to “raising responsible kids that are fun to be around.” I can’t wait to share what I’m learning with parents and church leaders.

As a family minister I have created and launched an innovative family worship service, whi557451_480885628589278_1801061521_nch will soon celebrate its fifteen anniversary. As a coach and trainer I have challenged thousands of parents, church leaders, and pastors to rethink what changes are needed to welcome the next generation of children and families into faith and to reach out into their neighborhoods with God’s love.


In my previous role as Proactive Transformation Coordinator for the Presbytery of Chicago, I was a change agent and motivator within my organization, called upon to build teams and inspire them press forward toward goals in reaching others as Jesus’ hands and feet. I write for Children’s Ministry magazine (see July 2017 for my most recent article, Picking Up the Pieces). Here’s a link to a previous article from the archives:

Our family  has built houses together in Mexico with Amor Ministries during Mexico Family Camp. Their motto is “Families building homes, homes building families.” What a great way to grow and serve together!


l also lead retreats, parenting classes, and leadership and volunteer training events designed especially for your needs. Topics include:

Parent and Volunteer Trainings and Retreats:
Building Faith that Lasts
Worshiping with Eyes Wide Open
Faith Right Now: A Look at the Gospel of Mark
Breath Prayer for Busy Women
Prayer Doodling
Seeds to Grow Your Marriage
And All Shall Be Well
Creating Holiday Family Faith Traditions

Leader Trainings:

Praying for a Change: threshold prayer
Leading for a Transformed Church
Twenty-first Century Who’s and How’s of Reaching Your Neighbors
Leading Congregations Through Change
What’s Next? Who is God Calling Us To Be? To Do?
Church Unique Visioning Process

Parenting Classes:
Parenting the Love and Logic Way
Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun

Please feel free to contact me for further info at


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