Our Vision: To be active agents of God’s grace in relationships
Our Mission: To equip and empower individuals, couples, and families to have thriving relationships with God and others

The Center for Mighty Marriages & Families is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Christian ministry dedicated to providing ministry to any who want what we offer, regardless of race, gender, religion, disability, ethnicity, or financial condition.  We firmly believe in the value and need for accountability for those carrying out the Lord’s work.  Toward that end, the ministry is guided by a four member Board of Directors.  Board members include President & Board Chairman Dr. John VanderKaay, Terri VanderKaay, Rev. Nathan Buchanan, and Doug Wrentz.   More than 50 volunteers also assist CMMF in providing ministry.  Each board member can be reached via email.  Their address is simply their first name @mightymarriages.org.

John and Terri VanderKaay John and Terri VanderKaay

More than twenty five years experience in ministry; Fifteen years in military chaplaincy, in both Active Duty and Reserves, including combat tour of duty in Iraq; Selected as Senior Protestant Chaplain twice as a Captain; Featured in several newspapers, US Air Force website and Department of Defense’s Real Warriors program for work in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Suicide Intervention



Future Plans For Ministry

  • Pastoral Retreats
  • Couple/Family Retreat Center

Read About Our President & Executive Director




What We Believe and Value

We believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, authoritative Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105)

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 2:26-27; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

We believe that any person who trusts in Christ by faith is a new creation and fully loved and accepted by God forever, and will spend eternity in Heaven with God. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16-17; John 14:6)

We believe marriage is an ordained institution of God and a special loving relationship between a man and a woman who have committed themselves to each other for life. (Genesis 2:21-24)

We believe that marriage helps order our society and must be upheld. (Ephesians 5:21-33)

We also believe that healthy families are the cornerstone of a healthy society. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

We believe the church is God's primary vehicle for sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the world. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5; 1 Thessalonians 2:8)

We strive to be culturally relevant in all that we communicate without compromising God's truth. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)

We are committed to exemplifying integrity in all of our efforts. (Proverbs 2:20-21; Ephesians 4:25)

We believe that God made each of us for honest and warm relationships--with Him and with one another. (Ephesians 4:32; Philippians 1:3-8)


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