For twenty years (20?!, oh my!) and with five active children, God has blessed us with a delightful marriage and family life. We enjoy each other and desire to glorify God in our interactions. Why did God bless us with the home life that we have? Certainly not because we deserve “wedded bliss” and “great kids” more than any other couple or family, but simply because He chose to lead us as we sought His will in our home. He has taught us principles for relating, for living life with intentional intimacy, and we want to share this with others.
Please don’t misunderstand; we have had hardships and trials. We have had difficult seasons in our marriage. But, God has pulled us through. In the spring of 2011 we said goodbye to our infant son, Jedidiah, who lived 63,660 seconds. We are not perfect spouses, nor do we have perfect kids. But, God redeems our lives and shows us how to smooth the rough spots and polish the good ones. Through all of life’s trials and triumphs, our hearts are about reaching others with the hope of Christ in every moment of life.
James (Jim) Nestle
Masters of Arts Christian Counseling and Discipleship (MACCD), BSN, RN
Jim spent four years working at Capital Bible Seminary as the full-time Men’s Mentor and a part-time adjunct professor. A former naval officer who served as a Division Officer, Jim also held a nurse supervisory position in the Surgery Department of Johns Hopkins Hospital for three years, overseeing the management of 220 beds and the staff that performed direct patient care. During these last years, God has called Jim to challenge the men, women, and children he has mentored/counseled to be intentionally intimate in the relationships they held dear. Through this time, he realized the need for more families to see what God really intends in relationships. Jim volunteered at a small group, family-focused retreat for five weeks during the summer of 2007 to see if God was, indeed, calling his family to this life-changing ministry. These leadership positions and volunteer experience uniquely qualify him to lead staff in day-to-day duties and guests in small group discussions. Currently, Jim works full-time as an on-call RN, trains in blacksmithing, mentors marriages, and runs CVR.
BS in Secondary Education–Speech Communication and English
Kim received honors in interpersonal communication at Northern Arizona University. As a homeschooling mother, Kim educated both of the Nestles older boys; one of whom is now in university and one who begins an applied technology college this fall. With two boys still homeschooling and an extremely active preschooler, Kim mentors married couples and will facilitate the Grief Support group at her church this fall. Kim has participated in various community and church organizations including Priest Lake Academy (PLA), MOPS, La Leche League, and H.I.S. (Home Instruction Support), helping with the organizational, financial, administrative, and presentation aspects of these groups. She also volunteered at a small group family-focused retreat in the summer of 2007. Kim has spoken has various women’s events on the topics of parenting, grief, and biblical relationships.