Who We Are

Brett and Kellie Hurst Brett and Kellie Hurst are native Texans who have been married since 1987 and have worked together in ministry since they first dated. Brett is the Minister to Relationships at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, where he has served since 1997. The Hursts are marriage educators and host a popular marriage-related podcast, “Marriage to the Max”. Brett and Kellie are both certified in PREPARE/ENRICH, Dynamic Marriage, PICK, Active Communications, Couple Checkup and other materials. They have served countless couples and families in various capacities for Home Encouragement, MDPC, Second Baptist Church and Sagemont Church (all in Houston) while also working with multiple organizations in the city. The Hursts are both members of the Mission Houston / Faithwalking community, AM/FM (the Association of Marriage & Family Ministries), and the Texas Coalition for Healthy Families. They are also co-founders of MarriageHouston, a missional marriage community. Brett is a former board member of the Greater Houston Healthy Marriage Coalition, a member of AACC (The American Association of Christian Counselors), and a member of Wedding Pastors USA.

In 2007, Brett and Kellie founded Home Encouragement Ministries, Inc. as a result of a shared passion for marriage and family encouragement. The Hursts have two grown children who both major in the art of laughter.

Advisory Board

Bets and Cowboy Davis
Veteran Marriage Mentors

Pricillia Jones
Stepping Stones Learning Centers

Tim and Nancy Mavergeorge
Houston Center for Christian Counseling

David and Terri Peterson

Jayna Haney
The Bridge Across (Stepfamilies and Single Parents)

Karl and Terry Elkins
Christway Counseling Center

Daphine Lambert
Family Services of Greater Houston

Chris and Michelle Groff
Parenting By Design

James Scarborough
Wedding Ministers, Inc.

Board of Directors

Dr. Garet Robinson

Kellie Hurst
Vice President

Roxanne Stanley

Amy Harrington

Jason Barrett

Patsy Johnson

Andrew Miller

Ray McLaughlin