Brad Mitchell (B.A., Wheaton College; MDiv., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is co-founder of Build Your Marriage. Brad draws on a wealth of talent and experience in communicating to a wide variety of audiences around the world for over 24 years as a pastor and conference speaker. He has spoken multiple times at Willow Creek Community Church services. Additionally, Brad has developed and taught breakouts for the National Coalition of Men’s Ministries as well as for Willow Creek and Saddleback Church conferences and has been a trainer in evangelism for the International Bible Society.
Brad has spoken for numerous men’s retreats across the country and is often a repeat guest. Brad is Lead Pastor of a church in the Cincinnati area. He has pastored in South Carolina and Michigan (3,500 weekly attendance). Prior to that he was on staff at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago as the director of three ministries: Men's, Sports, and Prayer. Brad spent nine years in Minnesota planting a church in a small town that reached 500 people for Christ.
Heidi Mitchell is co-founder of Build Your Marriage. Heidi has been a pastor’s wife for over 24 years. God has gifted her with international opportunities as a conference and event speaker. Heidi is passionate about building strong marriages, ministering to women, and parenting. She has taught 250 parents at Willow Creek Community Church, spoken at numerous women’s retreats, co-led marriage retreats, and given a Mother’s Day message with Brad to over 3,000 people.
Heidi is authentic, practical, funny, and humble. She brings insights from the highs and lows of marriage, parenting, and life in general in a way that is engaging for men and women. Her heart is to see Christ magnified through her life and the lives of those around her.
As a team, Brad and Heidi speak at marriage retreats and conferences on building your marriage, including an optional session on adultery. Additionally Heidi thrives speaking to women and Brad to men.
Brad and his wife, Heidi, have been married 29 years. They have an adult son and daughter (with son-in-law!), and a high school daughter.
"We felt it was the best info we have heard on how to heal your marriage & put it on the right track. Love, love, loved them." - Marriage weekend attendee, Westway Christian Church, Scottsfbluff, NE
"Brad Mitchell and his wife, Heidi, recently spoke at our pastors and spouses’ conference and Brad spoke at one of our main sessions. Brad and Heidi are an amazing couple. Both of them spoke with such transparency, humility and sensitivity. Our pastors are still talking about their ministry time with us. Brad has earned the respect as someone that I would never hesitate at asking again to speak to our pastors and their spouses or at one of our main plenary sessions. I highly recommend Brad and Heidi’s ministry to you." - David Schrader, National Pastor for the Congregational Christian Churches in Canada
"This is the 10th couples retreat that my wife Sherry and I have hosted. I feel that Brad and Heidi were the very best! I have never had so many positive comments about our speakers. Brad and Heidi took time to find out about our group before the retreat and then prepared material that met our specific needs. Brad and Heidi arrived ready to minister to marriages...." - Rick Derr, Couples Retreat Host, Westway Christian Church, Scottsbluff, NE
“Those who have heard Heidi teach rave about her! We hear nothing but highly enthusiastic feedback when she teaches. Heidi’s teaching is practical, balanced, and Biblical. She has the rare ability to take core Scriptural truths and make them meaningful and accessible to her listeners, as well as to give them practical steps that help them convert these truths into real action. She’s versatile enough in her speaking style to connect with seekers but also with seasoned Christians. I cannot more enthusiastically recommend Heidi as a teacher and conference speaker. God has truly gifted her for this work!” - Anne Cody, Director of Community Life Ministries, Trinity Church, Lansing, MI
“It was really intellectually stimulating (you gave us really good biblical information and research). I have shared many of the principles with many people.”
- Women’s retreat attendee