“Pastor Joel offers a straight-forward, no-nonsense approach to couples counseling and combines it with a genuine compassion for the individuals involved. He gets to the heart of the issue without being emotional or preachy. Enthusiastically recommend!”​ –Stephanie

“We were at the end. Having tried everything else, we called Pastor Joel as a last resort. Now, we are happy, our kids are happy and we’re excited about our future together.”–David

About my book…


 “It would be enough to learn from a pastor who has helped hundreds of couples navigate marriage, but it is especially engaging when he takes us back to the Cross of Christ. Putting another’s interests ahead of your own on a consistent basis for many years is extraordinary and Joel joins the Apostle Paul in sharing that ‘our attitude should be the same as that of Christ, while being in nature, God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant.’ Philippians 2:5-6.” Brian Doyle, President, Iron Sharpens Iron


“Speaking just as frank & honest as in his previous excellent book, The Crucified Church, author & Pastor Joel Rissinger again continues along the same track in this outstanding follow up, only this time Joel leads us to a long overdue funeral needed in each Christian once again everywhere, the ‘death’ of self.   Joel leads a loud & clear clarion call desperately needed in the Body of Christ at this hour, that to serve Man, is in effect to serve God.”  — Rev. Al Stewart, DD., Pastor, Forest Community Church, Forest, Va.


“Learning how to implement Biblical truth shows us how to wisely live our lives.  Pastor Joel Rissinger not only teaches truth about how to have a fulfilling marriage; but he does it in a way that is practical, interesting and insightful.  Read “The Crucified Couple” and be reminded that your marriage can reflect God’s love and lead to great joy!”–Dr. Brent Allen, District Executive Minister, Converge Northeast
Marriage is not a 50/50 commitment as many people teach. Pastor Joel Rissinger is right on target with “The Crucified Couple!” The subtitle says it all: “Success Through Sacrifice in Re;ationships.” When each spouse gives 100%, even as Christ gave and expects His Church to give, there is a healthy and Christ-honoring marriage that reflects the eternal relationship we have as followers of Jesus. I hope to use this book with every couple who comes to me for premarital and marital counseling.– Dr. Roger D. Haber, Adjunct Staff Conflict Response Minister, The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts


“Joel Rissinger knows what it takes to live a Godly marriage – taking this sacred relationship to the cross!  He poignantly lays out a beautiful plan to build or rebuild a marriage. From communication to sex and budgets, Pastor Joel teaches us all the anointed power of a crucified marriage that results in more than a happy marriage – but in truly glorifying God through His perfect relational plan.” Dr. Jim Harris, Author of 14 books including “Our Unfair Advantage: How to Unleash the Power of the Holy Spirit in Your Business.”