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: Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM in Williams101-102. The premarital seminar is offered to couples preparing to marry and is strongly encouraged by our pastors.

Prior to the seminar couples will be asked to complete the Prepare-Enrich customized couple assessment that is available online (once registered for the class we will contact you to register you for the assessment) and which identifies 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. On class day couples will be seated at private tables for two and receive your Prepare-Enrich results along with workbooks. Kaisi Cunningham, wife of Andy Cunningham, Pastor of Young Adults and Men´s Ministries, will walk the group through each of the categories, allowing time for discussion with your partner and to do some exercises in the workbook. Andy and Kaisi have been married for 11 years and Kaisi has a Masters of Counseling and Divinity. She has been certified in Prepare-Enrich for the past 12 years and has worked with numerous pre-marital and married couples. 

A light lunch is included.

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

For weddings not scheduled to take place at Chapelwood, an $85 per couple fee will be charged to cover lunch expenses, Prepare-Enrich assessment, and materials. There is no charge to attend the premarital seminar for couples marrying at Chapelwood.

Registration will open April 1, 2015.

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 three to six sessions with a trained facilitator, can help to positively transform relationships.

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

Current Events
Premarital Seminar 8/29/15  
Birkman Discovery Workshop for Couples 10/18/15  

Weekly Events
  11:00 a.m. Grace & Faith Class
  7:00 a.m. Men's Thursday Morning Bible Study with Dr. Allen Quine

Staff List

Donna Lowe
Associate Director of Connecting Ministry/Marriage Ministry
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(713) 827-3915
Alba Aguilar
Administrative Assistant
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(713) 365-2817
Kristin Lewis
Administrative Assistant
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(713) 354-4438