About Thriving Family

Helping Families Thrive

Who we are:

Thriving Family — both the bimonthly magazine (order your subscription of Thriving Family magazine today) and the website you're now viewing — is a ministry of Focus on the Family. Thriving Family helps families thrive in Christ, offering reliable and time-tested solutions, practical advice and sensible marriage and parenting guidance. Whether in print or online, Thriving Family encourages, teaches and celebrates God's design for the family and inspires people to be better parents and spouses.

Who we serve:

The primary audience for Thriving Family is married parents with children (ages 0–18) at home. We also have content for blended families, adoptive and special-needs families.

What we address:

Focus on the Family recognizes that culture, trends, economics and technology impact the health and well being of all families. Thriving Family equips married parents with a biblical worldview, helps them navigate contemporary issues and inspires families to thrive — all from a strong Christian foundation.

More about Focus on the Family:

Focus on the Family (FocusOnTheFamily.com) is a global Christian ministry that helps build thriving marriages that reflect God's design and equips parents to raise their children according to biblical principles. Focus provides practical help for families through our 1-800 Family Help line, counseling, various websites, radio and Internet broadcasts, forums and blogs, books, e-newsletters, programs, events and community outreach events, partnerships — and Thriving Family.

Writer's guidelines and theme list:

If you would like to submit your writing to Thriving Family, please take a look at our writer's guidelines, theme list and call for submissions.

Thriving Family is a registered trademark of Focus on the Family.

Meet Our "Family"

kevin shirin
media publishing director
Kevin skillfully juggles the business side of Thriving Family. He oversees budget, production, distribution — and so much more. Kevin's keen money-stretching skills particularly come in handy when he, his wife and their seven kids go grocery shopping.


m-rmichael ridgeway
editorial director
Michael has spent more than a decade editing magazines in North America and Asia. After a long stint in Taiwan, he returned to the U.S. with his spunky wife and two rambunctious children. His concern for families (and especially for fathers and husbands) motivates him as he works with unruly syntax and wayward grammar.

a-gandrea gutierrez
senior associate editor
Andrea's passion for editing emerged somewhere in her 9-year stretch at Focus. Andrea loves exploring nearby mountains with her family—or, a fan of a good deal, she can be found sifting through other people's castoffs during garage-sale season.

vance fry
senior associate editor
Since college, Vance has worked as a teacher, writer and editor. At home, he and his wife try to be good parents to their kids, a task made slightly more difficult by the fact that they are now outnumbered 4-2.

troytroy griepentrog
senior associate editor
Troy is passionate about building strong marriages. He and his wife love watching old movies together. Special date nights might include silent movies with live music. Troy has been a German teacher, worked in advertising and enjoys writing and editing. His grandkids call him Opa — which is German for "Grandpa."

scott denicola
copy chief
Scott has held various editorial roles since joining Focus on the Family in 1989. He and his wife have been married more than 20 years. Their petite daughter was adopted from China; their lanky son is asked regularly if he plays basketball.

seifertsheila seifert
parenting editor

With over a decade of freelance and college-teaching experience, Sheila turned in her unfinished manuscripts and lesson plans for the editorial pen. This wife and mother of three enjoys her family, books, soccer and old typewriters, to name a few.

pam woody
marriage editor
After more than 30 years of marriage, Pam holds a special interest in the changing role of women in the home. Inspired by her three adult daughters and years of mentoring, her other focus is on issues related to marriage in today's culture. Although Pam came to CO from TN, her roots will always be Canadian — eh?


c-bcary bates
art director
Cary's experience and skill as a photographer and designer allow her to visually influence Thriving Family. When she's not using her creativity within the pages of the magazine, she goes for runs or walks and enjoys the beauty of God's creation. She and her husband have two young boys, and they like to cycle together on beautiful afternoons.

jody reiner
senior designer
Jody welcomes the variety and challenge of graphic design. Her longest career was that of a stay-at-home mom, and she dabbles in calligraphy. She enjoys visiting her new grandson and online Scrabble.


linda arnold
editorial assistant
Linda is a Minnesota native. She spends her days keeping the Thriving Family team organized and her evenings and weekends enjoying family, which includes two very precious grandchildren.

staffkat bittner
editorial assistant
Kat is a California native and U.S. Marine Corps daughter and wife. When she isn't rallying the troops for Thriving Family's editorial team, she spends her time cooking, writing and raising four children with her husband of 23 years. Kat loves Colorado, but misses her ocean sunsets and the holler of jarhead jargon. Semper Fi!

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