New Hope’s Passages of Marriage Family Group is designed to equip couples -engaged and married- to navigate through the passages of marriage according to God’s Design.

Group Meeting Time/Place

Sundays, 9:15AM – 10:30AM
Room A126 – 128
New Hope Baptist Church – North
551 New Hope Road, Fayetteville, GA 30214

Why POM?

The Passages of Marriage family group is a community of engaged and married couples. Our goal is to help couples

  1. Connect with each other
  2. Connect with other couples
  3. Connect with God

Topics Include, But Not Limited To:

Boundaries in Marriage, 5 Love Languages, Forgiveness, Choosing Love, How We Love


Mel and Rene’ Turner
Mel and Rene’ met their freshman year at The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and it was “like” at first sight.  They built a friendship that blossomed into love.  They celebrated their 31st Anniversary in June 2014.  The Turners have two phenomenal daughters, Kristen (26) and Courtney (20).

Rene’ has a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Engineering. Mel has a Bachelor’s of Science in Building Construction and a Masters of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Seminary.

Mel and Rene’ entered into marriage with a commitment to be married for life.  Divorce was not an option.  However, like many couples, it wasn’t long before the “in love” experience was replaced with the realities of “she doesn’t understand me” and “he doesn’t listen to me” etc.  The Turners decided that being committed to remaining married did not mean accepting misery and mediocrity.  As they began the work of learning how to communicate, speak each other’s love languages and establish healthy boundaries they saw a dramatic improvement in their ability to resolve conflict and build intimacy.

Mel began a ministry focused on helping couples build successful marriages.  He and Rene’ joined together with a passion to share their experiences and most importantly, God’s standards for marriage with other couples.  Passages of Marriage gives them an opportunity to share, learn and grow with like-minded couples on a weekly basis.

Mel and Rene’ enjoy Date Nights with “dinner and a movie”.  They love to vacation anywhere that they can sit on a beach with crystal blue water, white sand and a big umbrella and marvel at God’s creation.

Mike & Mary Galusha
We met in 1983 at Naval Air station Point Mugu, California, where we were both on our first full time Navy orders.  Mary was a Navy cryptographic operator, and Michael a Naval Aircrewman. Our first year together was a whirlwind.  At 20 years of age we married in January 1984.  Our oldest daughter Jessica was born in Ventura county that year.  By the end of 1985 we were headed for an assignment on Guam, where in 1986 our second daughter, Ashli was born.

Leaving Guam, we stayed with the Navy and returned to Point Mugu in 1987, where we continued our Navy duty while attending college full time.  In 1991, we decided to leave the Navy after graduating and head to Georgia, where Michael had landed a job at Delta.

By early 1992 we were settled in Fayetteville, Georgia. We joined New Hope in 1997 when God radically saved Michael and restored our marriage.  Since joining New Hope, we’ve always been part of a Sunday School class.  By 1999 we were working in the youth department and served as Sunday school teachers there for six or seven years. In 2008, we assisted in starting a new class for young marrieds. In 2013, a number of us from our past young married class joined Mel and Rene’ Turner to birth our current class; Passages of Marriage.

Through the joys and challenges of raising our daughters, becoming empty nesters, career changes and growth, serious illness and aging parents, we’ve enjoyed God’s grace in these loving relationships. Our hearts’ desire is to joyfully live in and share God’s sovereign truth – following Jesus. We love God’s word.  We deeply trust Ephesians 2:10 – that the good works God prepared in advance for us are what we enjoy in our everyday lives; at home, at work and in church.  The friendships he’s given us though Sunday school are an inseparable part of our good everyday living.