Andrew and Terri Lyke were married in 1975 and have been leaders in Christian marriage preparation, education and enrichment since 1982. They have served thousands of married couples through their programs. They have nationally presented keynote addresses, workshops, retreats and seminars on Marriage and Family issues to church, community and business audiences.
The Lykes are the designers of the Arusi Retreat , which they have presented across the United States. They are national trainers of curricula used in the Healthy Marriage Initiative, i.e., FOCCUS and Exploring Relationships and Marriage with Fragile Families. They have written articles for local and national publications on Christian Married Life.
They are also founders of Arusi Network, Inc., an organization that educates African Americans on the skills and benefits of Christian marriage. Together they served as advisors to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Marriage and Family. From 2011 to 2015 Andrew was the Director of the Office for Black Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago. In that role he founded and published the monthly online magazine The Drum: The Beat of Black Catholic Chicago. He also hosted the weekly radio show God’s Praises Tell: The Voice of Black Catholics. As the Coordinator of Marriage Ministry for the Archdiocese, a role he served from 1999 to 2009, he was the principle author of In the Spirit of Cana, the Marriage Ministry Guidelines for the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Andrew & Terri were regularly featured on American Catholic Radio’s weekly segment “Marriage Moment.” In September 2009 they were summoned by the Pontifical Council for the Family to travel to Rome, Italy to consult in the planning for an International Conference for the Family. Later that same month they were signatories of the Marriage Proclamation, signed at the historic Emancipation Tree on the campus of Hampton University in Virginia.
Andrew and Terri were the 1995 recipients of the Augustus Tolton Archdiocesan Award, the 2005 Bishop Quarter Award for the Archdiocese of Chicago, the 2012 Paluch Family Foundation Award, 2016 Cardinal Bernardin Common Ground Award from the Association of Chicago Priests, and the 2017 Legacy Award from the Sister Thea Bowman Foundation. They are the parents of two married young adults and the grandparents of four granddaughters. They are parishioners at Sacred Heart Church in Joliet, Illinois.
“We give the most powerful, transforming, miracle-making love when the beloved is least deserving. It is then that our love reflects the love of God given in the sacrifice of the cross. Our ‘Easter’ is of God’s shaping us into who we need to be.” - Andrew & Terri Lyke