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John and Colette Hoff were married in 1980 and have four children and three grandchildren.

They are marriage and family educators who have coached and counseled people in relationships of all kinds for the past 40 years.



Mary Colette Hoff, M.Ed 


Colette is a professional educator and counselor with extensive experience in adult and family education. She uses community as a method and context for human growth and development. Her work is valued by both men and women. She also has a recognized vocation for working with women and women’s spirituality and teaching about the divine feminine.


Prior to earning her Master’s degree from the University of Puget Sound and a certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the Christian Counseling Service, Colette spent 10 years providing nutritional counseling and motivational workshops for the NW Lipid Research Clinic. She has 37 years’ experience attending and facilitating the annual Human Relations Laboratory.


In 2000, she was ordained as a pastor by Convocation: A Church and Ministry, an interfaith approach to spirituality. Colette is a coach to many and a trustworthy guide for relationships for individuals, marriages, and families.





 Dr. John Lawrence Hoff, ThD

John is a professional educator and counselor. His life’s work and passion is creating community as an environment for growing “good people”.


John received his doctorate in theology and pastoral care from the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA. He was ordained in the United Church of Christ (1961) and trained by the National Training Laboratories (NTL Institute).


His livelihood has been earned through teaching, training and the pastoral care of individuals and organizations. He teaches compassion and the value of relationship through his own life and faith.


Since 1981, John has been a leader in the Goodenough Community System.  Since 1987, John has served as pastor, teacher and counselor through Convocation: A Church and Ministry.  John retired in 2013.  He continues to consult on a limited basis and is respected as a founder and elder in the Goodenough Community.










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