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Marriage Ministry
Ministry Mission Statement

The Marriage Ministry encourages and equips husbands and wives to grow closer to each other as they grow closer to Christ.


Dating? Engaged? Newlywed, not so newlywed? Chapelwood’s marriage ministry consists of a core group of fifteen couples committed to encouraging and equipping husbands and wives 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 husbands and wives 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.

Sunday mornings at 11 - Relationship Studies. August 28 - December 18. Please register online to join us for either of the studies.

- When Sinners Say "I Do" Book Study: Sundays, August 28 - October 9, excluding September 4, at 11 a.m. in the East Room. Facilitated by April and Paul Arceneaux.

- Keep Your Love On Book and DVD Study: Sundays, October 16 - December 18, excluding November 27, at 11 a.m. in the East Room. Facilitated by Maude and Brad Dawson. 

There is no charge to attend and registration is not required. We will provide one book per couple. Questions? Contact Donna Lowe at

Premarital Seminar: Saturday, August 27 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Williams 101-102. Facilitated by Kaisi Cunningham, the premarital seminar is recommended for couples preparing to marry or who are recently married, and is strongly encouraged by our pastors. Topics which will be covered include: communication, conflict resolution, marriage expectations, sex and intimacy, leisure activities, partner style & habits, family and friends, relationship roles, spiritual beliefs and money matters. A light lunch is included. 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.

For weddings not scheduled to take place at Chapelwood, an $85 fee per couple will be charged to cover lunch expenses and materials. Register online at Questions? Contact Donna Lowe at or713-827-3915.

The Five Love Languages Book Study, Sundays, September 11 - October 9, 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Williams 101-102. Just like nations of people that speak different languages, couples often speak different love languages. Your emotional love language and the language of your spouse may be as different at Chinese and English. If we understand our own love language and that of our spouse, we can have rich, meaningful, long lasting marriages. Conversely, if we don´t understand each other´s love language and work hard at "speaking" it, our marriage may suffer. Which of these is your love language? Which is your spouse´s love language?

Words of affirmation

Quality Time

Receiving Gifts

Acts of Service

Physical Touch

This fun and interactive video/discussion series has been taught a number of times at Chapelwood and has received rave reviews. The facilitator is Bob Bolling, long-time Chapelwood member, Sunday School teacher, and leader of the Birkman Discovery Workshop for Couples. Course fee is $15 if we purchase a book for you. Register online at Questions? Contact Donna Lowe at

Childcare for children ages 3 mos. through kinder is available by reservation. Please contact nursery@chapelwood.orgwith your child(ren)´s name(s), date(s) of birth, dates childcare is needed ten days prior to dates childcare is needed.                  

Birkman Discovery Workshop for Couples: Sundays, October 16  - November 20 from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. 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. Register online at Questions? Contact Donna Lowe at

Childcare for children ages 3 mos. through kinder is available by reservation. Please contact with your child(ren)´s name(s), date(s) of birth, dates childcare is needed ten days prior to dates childcare is needed.

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
Summer 2016 - Chapelwood Road Trip: Sent, Go, Return 7/3/16  
Keep Your Love On 7/10/16  
Premarital Seminar 8/27/16  
Sundays at 11 - When Sinners Say I Do Book Study 8/28/16  
The Five Love Languages Book Study 9/11/16  
Birkman Discovery Workshop for Couples 10/16/16  
Sundays at 11 - Keep Your Love On Book and DVD Study 10/16/16  

Staff List

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