About Us

The most important thing that you need to know about us, is that it's not about us. When it comes to us, it's truly all about you. We are not the hero of your story, rather we are your guide, to help you be the hero that you want to be for your children, and the hero that each of your children need you to be.

OUR VISION

Partnering with parents to raise the next generations of more whole & healthy men and women, having been fathered intentionally, leading to stronger & healthier relationships, families, and Nations.

OUR MISSION

To experientially equip and empower men to…
1. Intentionally forge stronger and healthier relationships with each of their children… turning the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers,
and
2. At the appropriate age, intentionally guide and welcome each child into authentic, healthy, and life-giving adulthood... so that they may put childish ways behind them, and begin to talk, think, and reason as adults.

Biographies

Darren and Melissa Lewis

Melissa Lewis

Melissa regards her role as wife (to the love of her life), mother (to 4 glorious sons), mother-in-law (to a beautiful young woman), and grandmother (to a delightful little girl and a wonderful little boy) as her most important life’s work.
She has been married to her husband Darren for more than 30 years now, and together, they are deeply united in their desire to support and strengthen families, through the work of ‘Fathering Adventures’.She has a soft spot for girls navigating their way into womanhood, and also deeply cares about women being awakened to their true value and importance.
Melissa loves (with a capital “L”) her family and friends. She knows that they are her true riches in this world.Heart-to-heart connections with her beloveds, or people she has just met, are one of her favourite ways to spend her time.
She would also love to regale people with tales about her cute dog – but sadly she isn’t allowed to have one.The 2 cats that don’t love her like she loves them, will have to do.

Darren Lewis

Darren founded, and officially launched Fathering Adventures in July 2008.
Until then, Darren had worked in the construction / consulting engineering industry since 1988, and managed his own structural design & drafting service since 2000.
In his spare time, as the need arose, Darren helped to counsel individuals & relationships out of the pain of their past, into restoration, freedom, and life.He agrees with what sociologists and anthropologists have discovered after studying cultures around the world and down through the ages… “As goes the men; so goes the society”.For this reason, he has continued to lead men toward the path of authentic manhood… helping them to face and resolve wounds from their past, and equipping and empowering them to lead successful lives as men… both in their workplaces, and in their homes, as husbands and fathers… encouraging them to be all they desire to be.He has done this one-on-one, in small groups, men’s retreats, and other various speaking engagements, for more than 2 decades now.He has also lead by example… overcoming the challenges a child growing up in an alcoholic home brings.
Just before Fathers Day in 2011, Darren had the great honour and privilege of being awarded the title of Queensland Father of the Year at a Luncheon in the State’s Capital.
Darren has been married to his wife Melissa since 1991. They live in Townsville, in Tropical North Queensland, Australia, and now have 4 adult sons. Darren believes in living what he teaches, so his spare-time is usually devoted to intentional one-on-one time with his beloved Melissa, each of their sons, his daughter-in-law, and his precious granddaughter and grandson.
Melissa describes Darren as being “honest, intelligent, discerning, trustworthy, loving, compassionate, hard-working, self-motivated, self-disciplined, self-sacrificing, honourable, and courageous”.

A sample video snippet from one of our (Darren's) Fathering presentations

A sample video snippet from one of our (Darren's) Fathering presentations

A sample video snippet from one of our (Melissa's) Fathering presentations