Introduction of Ministry

The ministry seeks to teach, edify, encourage, rebuke and challenge engaged and married couples through small group bible study. Our primary focus is to offer such classes to engaged couples and married couples.

Mission Statement

The Couples for Christ/Marriage Enrichment Ministry applies God's plan for marriage to build and strengthen relationships of both married and engaged couples.

Key Focus Areas:

  • For married couples, the ministry provides Bible-based instruction during the Sunday Biblical Institute.
  • For engaged couples, the ministry refers them to qualified spiritual advisors for assistance with pre-marital counseling, courses, and training.
  • The ministry hosts events to enhance the social skills of the marriage relationship with a focus on weekly dating and communication.


Since 1996 First Baptist Church of Highland Park has served engaged and married couples through the Couples for Christ/Marriage Enrichment Ministry. Under Rev. James J. McCord's direction Deacon Calvin & Deaconess Marion Rodgers began small group bible studies to serve and touch the lives of hundreds of couples. The first engagement couples small group study class at FBHP was offered on Tuesday and Thursday nights. As a result, this ministry although small in number stands strong today and committed to the spiritual growth and prosperity of each marriage that God gives us the opportunity to reach.

Scripture Reference

Psalm 127:1 KJV
Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it:....

Activities and Services

Married couples can participate in the Sunday Biblical Institute Married Couples Class at 9:30 a.m. on the second floor of the James J. McCord Education Building in Room 203. The class review topics such as "Building Your Marriage", "Communications in Marriage", "Resolving Conflict in Marriage", and "Building Teamwork in Your Marriage".

The Ministry also offers other services for families, such as workshops, seminars, retreats, Valentine's breakfasts, luncheons, and dinners, small group fellowships, movie nights, comedy nights, family picnics, resource materials, and other conferences and events for the benefit of marriage enrichment.

Staff Members

John and Jacqueline Arnold Director
Eddie and Yvette Price Co-Director
Gary and Renee Johnson Secretary
Peter and Pamela Brown Treasurer
David and Joy Douglas Chaplain
Jeffrey and Sharon Datcher Spiritual Advisor

Ministry Contacts

For more information regarding the Couples for Christ Ministry contact the church office at  (301) 773-6655