“Like Americans, most Bahamians want happy fulfilling relationships, the challenge is in knowing how to accomplish that.”
~ Kirk Johnson
Marriage Education (ME) is touching the lives of couples, families and children across the globe. “I Am ME” profiles people teaching relationship, fatherhood and marriage education classes in their local communities.
Kirk Johnson, also known as “Mr. Matters,” is a communications coach and host of the national relationship talk show, Matters of the Heart, which is broadcast daily from The Bahamas. Kirk has worked in broadcasting for nearly two decades and firmly believes in harnessing the reach and influence of media to help build healthy relationships. He is the founder and president of The My Heart Matters Group, a relationship support, research and advocacy nonprofit. Kirk has actively promoted and taught PAIRS skills to his worldwide audience since being certified as a PAIRS Instructor in 2010. “Mr. Matters” regularly shares about his own heart journey with Charlene, “the special lady of his life,” and the impact PAIRS training made on his life and their relationship
1. What led you to want to teach marriage enrichment classes?
From the time I was sixteen years old, I knew that empowering and encouraging people would be an important part of what I would do. However, if was not until a heartbreak several years later that I truly realized the importance of practical life and relationship skills. Today I am committed to helping people help themselves and the PAIRS training helps me to achieve that.
2. What are some of the unique challenges facing couples/families today?
In The Bahamas, knowing “how to” impact and engage our young people, resolve conflict in healthy ways, and strengthen one’s family or marriage remain high among our most urgent challenges. Like Americans, most Bahamians want happy fulfilling relationships, the challenge is in knowing how to accomplish that.
3. How has being an instructor affected your family?
Completing the PAIRS training and serving as an instructor has been immediately beneficial. I have seen the difference in my life and the impact in my family. Now, I can better identify the sources of conflict, better encourage healthy communication, and more efficiently teach practical relationship skills. The PAIRS training deepened my desire to learn and teach more about human relations.
4. What are some of your favorite hobbies?
Swimming or parking near the beach to enjoy the ocean breeze and listen to the waves.
5. What qualities would you like your family to most admire about you?
I want to be most admired as the person who truly cares for the well-being and happiness of others but puts his family first. To be noted as a person of integrity, honesty and good will, and that above all other relationships, the most important is the one I have in Christ.
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