About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to transform marriages through the Catholic Church's teaching on human sexuality by promoting Natural Family Planning to Catholics and others in the Diocese of Belleville and by supporting those who use Natural Family Planning through education, community and prayer.

NFP Coordinators

Matt and Emily Joost
Parish: St. Mary's in Belleville
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Matt and Emily Joost are the NFP Coordinators for the Diocese of Belleville, volunteering through the Respect Life Ministry. They are certified as a Couple to Couple League (CCL) Teaching Couple. Emily is a certified Creighton Model FertilityCare™ Practitioner. She runs the FertilityCare™ Services of Belleville and also works at St. Mary's SSM Hospital in Richmond Heights, MO. Matt and Emily speak about NFP at Pre-Cana weekends in the diocese. Matt and Emily have been married since November 2007.

NFP Instructors

Andy and Anndrea Martignoni
Parish: St. Stephen's in Caseyville

Andy and Anndrea are a certified CCL Teaching Couple. Andy and Anndrea have been married since November 2007.


Shawn and Emma Tuthill
Parish: St. Joseph's in Marion

Shawn and Emma were married in October 2006. They are a certified CCL Teaching Couple. They speak spoken about NFP at Pre-Cana in the southern part of the diocese.


Megan Sustar
Parish: Blessed Sacrament in Belleville

Megan was trained and certified as a FertilityCare Practitioner in 2013 in St. Louis, MO through the Pope Paul VI Institute. She has worked as a practitioner at FertilityCare Services of Belleville since 2014. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Duke and a Master of Science in Education from Columbia. She went on to receive her BSN, RN degree from Saint Louis University.


Melissa Coello
Parish: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Herrin

Melissa was trained and certified as a FertilityCare Practitioner in 2017. She has an MSN from Case Western Reserve University and certification as a nurse-midwife – CNM. She is residing in southern Illinois near Carbondale

NFP Speakers

Kevin and Laura McNicholas
Parish: Holy Ghost in Jerseyville, IL

Kevin and Laura were married in May 2006. They have been NFP promoters for several years and they speak about NFP at Engaged Encounter weekends.


Diocesan Pastoral Center
2620 Lebanon Avenue, Building #2
Belleville, IL 62221
FAX:  618-257-2969


Matthew and Emily Joost
618-277-8181 ext. 1112