Marriage Longevity
Illustration by Cap Pannell

God always provided

Lifestyle | Ron and Sandra Johanesen strove to trust God—and each other—while raising a family and living on a single income
by Charissa Koh
Posted 7/02/20, 05:07 pm

15th in a series on long marriages

High-school senior Ron Johanesen was visiting his best friend Leeroy’s house after a game of mud football when he first noticed Leeroy’s sister—a “beautiful blond girl.” Ron learned he and Sandra went to the same Portland, Ore., church. He soon asked her to be his date for a formal event at school.

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“Holy sandpaper”

Marriage | Darrell and Catheleen Jordan fought throughout their first decades of marriage, but learning true love and respect helped their relationship thrive
by Charissa Koh
Posted 5/07/20, 04:03 pm

14th in a series on long marriages

It was the summer of 1974 when 16-year-old Darrell Jordan visited the park with his cousin and noticed a teenage girl hanging upside down on the monkey bars. “She looked so cute,” Darrell recalls. “That was my wife.” Catheleen was only 13, but Darrell felt shy around her. Eventually, they talked, dated, then married in 1977, when Darrell was a college sophomore and Catheleen a high-school senior. 

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A pastor by night

Marriage | The strain of bivocational ministry and a battle with anger almost destroyed Robert and Juanita Hall’s marriage
by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/26/20, 01:53 pm

13th in a series on long marriages

Frustrated, Pastor Robert Hall walked into the hospital. He’d come to visit a dying church member but hadn’t been able to get the day off from his landscaping job. When he finally made it to the hospital, the man’s room was empty: He had already died.

“Something snapped in me,” Hall recalls. He told God, “I’m not doing what You’ve called me to do well. This is ridiculous.”

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