About Joseph & Deirdre Garnett

Joe and Dee Garnett, the co-directors of Family Ministries for LRC, are members, elders, at the Shalem SDA church in Waukegan, Illinois. In their 10 years as Shalem’s Family Ministries leaders, they have hosted the Annual Shalem Married Lovers Retreat in Galena, IL. Through God’s grace, their mission is to strengthen marriage relationships through education, communication, and prayer. Through God’s grace the retreat has grown from 10 couples the first year to 58 couples in 2014.
Dee is an educator with vast experience and is currently the Principal of the Elmwood Elementary School in Zion, IL.  Dee is a graduate of Oakwood College with degrees in English and Communications.  She also has Masters Degrees in Teaching and Educational Leadership.
Joe is a consultant in the areas of Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion, Sales, and Communications. Joe has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Masters of Business Administration.
Joe and Dee have been married for over 30 years and have 2 adult children that are both recent graduates of Oakwood University, Jason, in 2012 and, Dara, in 2013. They recently added a daughter to their family when Jason married, the former Keisha Williams.
Joe and Dee truly love ministry and believe Sister White’s quote from The Adventist Homes, “The greatest evidence of the power of Christianity that can be presented to the world is a well-ordered, well-disciplined family.”


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Directors | Joseph & Deirdre Garnett

Married Lover's Retreat 2019


The Family Ministries Department of the Lake Region Conference is committed to provide the necessary training and resources for the family ministries leaders and coordinators of the local churches. The definition of family is much broader than the nuclear family of old. Today’s families are often lead by grandparents, single parents, foster parents, etc. The goal of Family Ministries is to strengthen relationships and help families grow in love and prepare for eternity.

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Contact the Family Life Department to have us come out to train, equip and educate your congregation. Below are a list of resource websites with valued information about how to help all families experience wellness, wholeness and healing.