Chapelwood UMC, Houston, Texas
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Marriage Ministry
Ministry Mission Statement

The Marriage Ministry strives to help couples grow closer to Christ and closer to each other.


Dating? Engaged? Newlywed, not so newlywed? Chapelwood’s marriage ministry consists of a core group of fifteen couples committed to encouraging and equipping couples in all stages of marriage to have healthy, strong marriages. Many of us have experienced divorce. Some have children, some do not. Some represent blended families. Some of us are young, some of us are not so young. We’ve had challenges with children, in-laws, health, finances, and each other! In short, we represent the many ages and stages of marriage.

Marriage Mentors: 
Couples who want to provide hope and encouragement for couples of all ages and marital duration by providing accessible, simple communication tools to assist in confronting any issues in marriage. We endeavor to model transparent, flawed relationships by sharing our stories and how God has helped us utilize a variety of tools for a variety of problems resulting in healing, restoration and stronger relationships. We have trained marriage mentor couples whose lives have been transformed by the encouragement and wisdom gained in working on our marriages, and we want to come alongside other couples to provide support and encouragement, and to share the hope!

The mentor / mentee relationship typically lasts four to six months. Time, location and frequency of meetings is determined by the mentor / mentee couples.

Premarital Seminar: The premarital seminar is offered to couples preparing to marry and is strongly encouraged by our pastors. Date for next seminar - late February / early march 2016 - will be announced soon.

Couples that complete all eight hours of the seminar will receive a Twogether Texas Certificate entitling them to a discount on a Texas Marriage License.

A Lifelong Love Dinner Program Sunday, September 13

A Lifelong Love Fall Book Study Wednesday Evenings, September 16 – November 4

Are you and your spouse punting rather than scoring touchdowns in your most important relationship? Areyou benched on the sidelines just “staying together” or on the field actively huddling and scoring as a team? If so, it is time to GET IN THE GAMEand on the same team!

Join us as Chapelwood’s Marriage Ministry Presents “A Lifelong Love” dinner program featuring best-selling author and speaker Gary Thomas as he shares an overview of his book which focuses on how couples can create an eternal game plan and live out a sacred marriage together. The casual tailgate themed dinner will kick off our fall Wednesday night book study for married couples. 

An eight week book study on A Lifelong Love will begin on Wednesday, September 16 and run through November 4.  This study will be led by members of theMarriage Ministry Team who have been certified as marriage mentor couples   Nurseryis available upon request and participants may take advantage of the weekly Chapelwood Wednesday evening dinner before the study each week if so desired.

Couples may attend the dinner only, the study only or sign up for the dinner and eightweek Wednesday evening book study. Books will be available for sale at the dinner and Gary Thomas will autograph books that evening.

Reservations are required for dinner and / or book study. Registration deadline is Tuesday,September 8.

Childcare is available for dinner and/ or book study.

Birkman Discovery Workshop for Couples: Sundays, October 18 - November 22 from 4:30 - 6:00 PM in Williams 101-102 

How well do you REALLY know your mate? Whether you´re engaged, married 50 years or something in between, there are still a lot of ways that your mate may confuse you. Based on the Birkman Method, one of the most widely accepted human behavioral instruments in the corporate world, this workshop will be fun, interactive and enlightening for couples of all ages. Facilitator Bob Bolling is a certified Birkman Consultant and long-time Chapelwood small group leader. For more information, contact Bob Bolling,

Prepare-Enrich: is a customized couple assessment completed online that identifies a couple’s strength and growth areas in the following categories: communication, conflict resolution, style and habits, financial management, leisure, sexual expectations, family and friends, roles and spiritual beliefs, plus some customized questions specific to premarital, remarried, newly and not-so-newlywed couples. The assessment results, when used in conjunction with four to six sessions with a trained facilitator, can help to positively transform relationships.

For more information about the marriage ministry, please contact Donna Lowe, Director of Marriage Ministry,, or (713) 827-3915.

Current Events
A Lifelong Love Dinner Program Sunday, September 13

A Lifelong Love Fall Book Study Wednesday evenings September 16 - November 4
Birkman Discovery Workshop for Couples 10/18/15  

Weekly Events
  11:00 a.m. Grace & Faith Class (couples 30's)
  7:00 a.m. Men's Thursday Morning Bible Study with John Stephens

Staff List

Donna Lowe
Assistant Director, Connect/Marriage Ministries
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(713) 827-3915
Elizabeth Henson
Ministry Assistant, Grow Ministries
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(713) 354-4447