It’s not often that you meet a couple who is willing to lay it all out there – the good, the bad, the ugly and the mess. But in a way that does not make you worried for them, and instead leaves you with hope and more focused on Jesus. When you find them, you just want to keep getting together for coffee because it is so encouraging, right? Well for us that’s the Fletchers, and that is what we are going to do – hang out with them in our (big) living room for the weekend, maybe have some coffee, and definitely be encouraged! We know you will enjoy Fletch and Kendra as much as we do.
My name is Fletch. My parents named me Andy (Andrew actually) and some people call me the MangoMan. Hey! I think someone wrote a song about that? I have been married to Kendra for over 25 years and I wonder everyday how a guy that looks like Shrek ended up with such a pretty wife. I am unabashedly, head over heels, in love with her. God has been ridiculously good to me. We are parents to eight great kids.
During the day I fix teeth, but as my dad is quick to explain, “at four days/week and 52 Fridays off each year…its hardly a full-time job.” The rest of the time you can find me hanging out with Betty The SurfDog or Rasta The Chocolate Lab, hiking the hills, blending some new pipe tobacco, or watching my wife throw out another piece of my tie-dye wardrobe.
At the center of who I am and a lot of what I write about on theMangoTimes is my personal faith in Jesus Christ.
For a while I was lost in religion and hanging out with people who too often got their church panties in a bunch. I ended up with a horrible case of Gospel Amnesia.
For the sake of simplicity, I wasted way too many years learning to shift my hope from God onto my own efforts. I was an unhealthy Type 3 - Achiever on the Enneagram (meaning that I focused too much on what I did in order to believe that God and others liked me). I simply forgot that it was all about Jesus.
Kendra is a speaker, author, and podcaster. She is the author of Lost and Found: Losing Religion, Finding Grace, and Leaving Legalism, and she regularly writes for Key Life Ministries.
The rest of the stuff about us can be picked up along the way. We love to eat good food, we listen to good music, we love to travel, and we are continual learners. We reside in California, where we play in the Pacific Ocean as often as possible.