Those who serve in the military serve us all. Mike and Linda Montgomery, along with Todd and Tammy Gangl, all with Cru Military Ministry, talk about the special needs of military families.
Todd and Tammy Gangl
Todd Gangl served in the United States Air Force Reserve both in the enlisted ranks (1986 to 1990) and as a chaplain (1995 until 2000). He met his wife Tammy Wheeles at a small church in Huntsville, Alabama in 2003. Following a short courtship, they were married on Valentine’s Day 2004 combining six, full-time children into one large stepfamily! After seeking the Lord for His direction and with the full backing of their children, they created Joseph Stepfamily Ministries and began offering the “StepFamily 411” Seminars to local churches. These unique seminars featured their entire stepfamily including Todd and Tammy as well as five of their six children, speaking about real blended family issues and sharing practical ideas on how to make blending work. Recently, Todd, Tammy, and their now grown children published their second book, an 8-week stepfamily small group curriculum entitled, Real Steps which provides practical tips, Biblical wisdom, and unique insight from real step parents and their step kids on overcoming everyday blended family challenges. Todd also wrote a short summary of the unique stressors facing military stepfamilies which was published in Ron Deal’s “Participant’s Guide” for The Smart Stepfamily as well as several on-line and in-print articles on the “how to’s” of blending a family.
In 2015, Todd and Tammy joined Cru Military (Campus Crusade for Christ – Military) as associate staff to launch Cru Military Stepfamily. This new stepfamily outreach, in cooperation with Ron Deal and FamilyLife Blended, combines the Gangl’s practical tips, Biblical wisdom, and their kids’ unique insights wrapped in Todd’s military experiences. Their new seminar “StepFamily Bootcamp” helps military stepfamilies thrive at life inside the 3D’s: lengthy Deployments, Distance parenting, and the rigid Demands of military life! Cru Military Stepfamily will now bring real help for everyday military stepfamily life to military stepfamilies, chaplains, and local churches who support military members! For more information or to find out what it would take to bring “StepFamily Bootcamp” to your church or chapel, please contact Todd Gangl at Todd.Gangl@CruMilitary.org.