Bob and Charlyne Steinkamp met and married in the sixties in Pompano Beach, Florida where Charlyne still lives today, after Bob went home to be with the Lord in 2010. They are the parents of three children and the grandparents of seven, all living locally. Previously, Bob was a funeral director and Charlyne had a successful career in medical office administration.
Things were not always blissful for this couple. They separated several times and finally divorced in 1985 after 19 years of marriage. Two years later, in response to the prayers of a wife who had refused to give up on a prodigal husband, Bob and Charlyne were remarried, to the glory of God, who restored their marriage.
In 1989, the Lord led them in two ways that were to become the birth of Rejoice Marriage Ministries. Following a late night conversation Bob overheard in a hospital regarding divorce, he started to write his first book, “Prodigals Do Come Home.” About the same time, Charlyne was led to approach their pastor regarding her burden to teach a Bible study for women standing for restoration of their marriage or for an unsaved spouse.
Since that time, Bob and Charlyne have written twenty books on marriage restoration. Their testimony was dramatized worldwide on UNSHACKLED! from Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago. They have appeared on TBN and have been interviewed on radio and television, and had newspaper and magazine stories of their testimony. Charlyne also hosts both a daily and a weekly Internet radio program of her own.
A monthly Rejoice Bible study group, that began with a handful of women in the Steinkamps’ living room in 1989, now meets on the first Monday of each month at The Marie Green Forum for Global Missions in Pompano Beach, with both men and women. Thousands of Charlyne’s teaching messages from these classes have been distributed worldwide, first on cassette and now on CD and via the Internet.
The Steinkamps duplicated 60 copies of their first two page newsletter in 1990. Today, over ten thousand subscribers around the world receive Charlyne Cares, a free daily email devotional written for hurting spouses. Rejoice Marriage Ministries also has several web sites, receiving thousands of visitors each week. Several thousand other people listen to God Heals Hurting Marriages, Charlyne’s daily five-minute radio program, and Fight For Your Marriage, Charlyne’s weekly thirty-minute radio program, also are available online.
The second greatest accomplishment of Rejoice Marriage Ministries has been to witness couple after couple whose hopeless marriages have been restored, even after divorce. The greatest accomplishment of the Ministry has been to help untold scores of men and women discover a relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.
The ministry’s most recent project, following God’s word to the Steinkamps to “Proclaim,” is to rent highway billboards that read, in three-foot high letters, “There’s Hope – God Heals Hurting Marriages,” “Forgive Them,” and “Honey, Come Home. The Kids and I love you.”
The Internet visitor can discover scores of sites on marriage restoration. What makes Rejoice Marriage Ministries stand out from all the others? First, it was birthed by a couple, following their divorce and remarriage to each other, and both spouses were active in the Ministry until Bob’s passing. Bob and Charlyne have strived from the beginning of the ministry to be transparent to the Rejoice Marriage Ministries family and their goal always was – and Charlyne’s goal continues to be – to minister with integrity.
Visitors to some marriage restoration sites may find rules devised by that specific ministry they say must be adhered to for a restored marriage. You can find sites with programs of every type imaginable, promising to bring prodigals home. Charlyne teaches you to listen to God for His direction. Only He will have all the answers right every time. A person standing with God for marriage restoration needs to be talking to Him in prayer. Your coaching needs to come from God.
Only God can truly convict a prodigal to come home, to change, to stay home and to be a faithful spouse, with every family member serving the Lord. Your day-to-day instruction needs to come from God alone.
Bob and Charlyne’s books are written, and messages recorded, to give encouragement to hurting spouses, not to be rule books. The only book you really need to see your marriage restored is the Bible.
If you would like books and CDs to encourage you while you stand, you can find them in the Rejoice Marriage Ministries Bookstore.
Rejoice Marriage Ministries can never promise you a healed marriage if you follow our directions, but, on the authority of the Bible, we can promise you that if you follow God’s direction, and listen to Him, not only will your marriage be changed, but your personal life as well.
You may have come to the Rejoice Marriage Ministries site searching for an answer to your family’s problem. The “something” you are seeking is really “someone,” and His name is Jesus. Please contact us if Rejoice Marriage Ministries can help you discover the difference that the Lord can make in a fractured family. God Heals Hurting Marriages!
“‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws… Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the LORD have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.’” Ezekiel 36:24-27, 36 (NIV)