You’re a dad now…we can help
Belonging to the Kindred Life Teen Dad Program means you’ll have access to free services which can include life coaching, financial support and life education!
Join other teen dads one day per week during the school year from 6:00pm-8:00pm, as we grow together and work towards accomplishing our educational, emotional, and practical goals!
We are friendly, funny, easy going, and loving. Mostly we are passionate about supporting each other and being the awesome dads God created us to be!
Let us help support you to finish school, navigate family and community resources and meet some other terrific families!
A Word From Howard,
Our Teen Dad Program Director
Hi. We’re glad you are looking into Kindred Life. We are so proud of you for taking the courageous step to parent your child and to search for a good community to join.
Our group is seeking to learn and grow together in our parenting, our friendships, and our goals for the future. If you are interested in learning more about our Teen Dad Program, I would be glad to talk with you to answer your questions and get to know you better. I look forward to hearing from you.
Teen Dad Program Director
Howard joined Kindred Life as the Program Director for our Teen Dad Ministry after a successful career as a high school teacher, motivator, trainer and corporate spokesperson for a large privately held automotive marketing company.
After retiring from the corporate environment in 2018 he enrolled in Trinity Evangelical Divinity Seminary and received his MA in Educational Ministry with a focus on Intergenerational Ministry. He believes that we must not only teach our younger generations about our Lord Jesus Christ, but that we older Christians can learn so much from the younger generation also; “We will not hide from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might and the wonders he has done.” Psalm 78:4.
Howard mentors a group of young men at The Chapel in Libertyville where he and his wife Meredith attend. He also works with the leadership at River Ridge Church in Spring Grove Illinois, organizing their mentoring program. Howard has two 20-something daughters, Mandi and Molly and a son Fred, who with his wife Jen has blessed them with twin 5 year old grandsons, Jacob and Jackson who live in New York.
Howard enjoys the outdoors, especially the beach, gardening, golf and in general enjoys all the glories of God’s creation. He is a real foodie and thought he might become a professional chef at one point in his life but now just enjoys cooking for friends and family. He and Meredith live in Lindenhurst, Illinois.
This year’s Program Volunteer of the Year is Anne McArtney. Anne began volunteering with us three years ago as a one on one teen mentor; first to Justine and now Anne. She jumped into mentoring with with her whole heart and has richly blessed us all! She went above and beyond for the young parents, having them over for lunch, introducing them to her family and regularly checking in. She has also has opened her home to the entire Antioch program and has hosted amazing tea parties.
She courageously and graciously shares the truth and grace of Jesus with each teen parent. This past month Anne and Alyssa have begun attending an Alpha Bible study together.
When I think of Anne McArtney, I can’t help but remember something she said that first year after a difficult Life Education Group meeting. “Sometimes people are rough on the outside, maybe they don’t look like our preconceived ideas of what should be. But aren’t we all a glorious mess in need of a Savior? Isn’t loving them where they are at and speaking the truth what Jesus would do?”
Thank you Anne for all you do for these young families and also for doing what Jesus would do!
Teen Parent Spotlight
Our three Kindred Life Offices launched for our program year in September. With excitement, grateful hearts, kiddos a year older/new kiddos added, and a few new guidelines for Covid19 we were ready to go! Our Antioch Office launched with three moms, three kiddos, a...
We are so glad you have chosen to golf with us this year and support Kindred Life Ministries. Your participation will help finance programs that assist teen moms and teen dads navigate parenthood as they grow, mature and raise their children. Your participation...
This summer all three of our Kindred Life offices have continued to hold summer socials and stay connected to our clients. Many of these socials have been virtual. Staff, volunteers, and clients have joined online to sing happy birthday to a birthday child, share...
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We are so proud of our Antioch graduates, Alyssa and Ingrid! Both young women have worked hard over the last several years, soaking up all that the ministry had to offer them. We look forward to all God has in store for them in the coming weeks. Please celebrate with...
David works long shifts at a local pharma recycling center to provide for his family. He has learned how to do many different jobs within the organization so that he can quickly fill the gaps as needs arise. He is a team player and is eager to learn. With his annual...
It's that time of year at Kindred Life when you can encourage a young family through our Sippy Cup Drives. Traditionally, you would pick up a sippy cup from your church or group hosting the drive, bring it home so you could pray for a family, fill the cup with change...
We wanted to make Mother’s Day special for our teen moms by pampering them at a Mother’s Day tea. We couldn’t meet in person so my best hope was to find a beautiful vintage teacup for each mother to remember the special day. It turned out there was one and I came...
It is so fitting that we would end the ministry year focused on The Vine. Throughout the year, as we have learned the “I am” statements of Jesus, the prevailing theme has been that Jesus longs for us to be in the right relationship with him and he will go to great...
Thank you for making a life-changing difference for teen parents in our community! We asked and you delivered! COVID-19 created an urgent problem for Kindred Life Ministries. To close our fiscal year on budget and provide continuous services to our precious teen...
Other Ways to Get Involved
Call for Volunteers
Kindred Life Ministries is always in need of volunteers. Do you feel called to serve teen parents and their children? We would love to hear from you.
Join TEAM THRIVE!
If you love to run, beginner to advanced levels, join TEAM THRIVE to raise awareness and financial support for teen mothers and children.