In 2007, Kellie and Brett Hurst founded Home Encouragement Ministries, Inc. as a result of a shared passion for marriage and family encouragement. The Hursts reside in Katy, Texas, and have two talented and hilarious grown children, one precious son-in-law, and three gorgeous grandchildren who currently "run the show".
Who We Are
Kellie and Brett Hurst are native Texans who have been married since 1987 and have worked together in ministry since they first dated. Brett is the Relationships Pastor 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”. Kellie and Brett are both certified in PREPARE/ENRICH, Dynamic Marriage, PICK, Active Communications, Couple Checkup, and more. They have served countless couples and families in various capacities for Home Encouragement and various churches and organizations all over Texas. The Hursts have been affiliated with Twogether in Texas, the Faithwalking community, AM/FM (the Association of Marriage & Family Ministries), the Greater Houston Healthy Marriage Coalition, and AACC (The American Association of Christian Counselors).
"A good marriage is where both people feel like they’re getting the better end of the deal."
2023 Home Encouragement Board of Directors
Josh Noworatzky - President
Kellie Hurst - Vice President
Laura Miller - Secretary
Brian Vogt - Treasurer
What We Value
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105
Genesis 2:26-27; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
2 Corinthians 1:3-5; 1 Thessalonians 2:8
1 Corinthians 9:19-23
Proverbs 2:20-21; Ephesians 4:25
Ephesians 4:32; Philippians 1:3-8
What We Do
HOME ENCOURAGEMENT® CARES ABOUT COUPLES.
We provide premarital training and marriage enrichment for couples, businesses, churches, and organizations in the local community. We also personally encourage countless couples who are hurting from marital stressors.
HOME ENCOURAGEMENT® BELIEVES IN THE IMPORTANCE OF MARRIAGE
Home Encouragement is championing the re-prioritization within families of the importance of marriage. Statistics are clear that many social services in Houston will directly benefit from successful efforts toward healthier marriages and families.
HOME ENCOURAGEMENT® WANTS TO SEE THE EXPANSION OF PREMARITAL SUPPORT PROGRAMS
Home Encouragement encourages the expansion of premarital programs offered in the city of Houston. We are one of several Houston area providers for the statewide Twogether in Texas program. Our lofty dream is that one day every engaged couple in this city will be able to benefit from helpful premarital instruction before their wedding day.
HOME ENCOURAGEMENT® HELPS COUPLES IN CRISIS FIND HEALING
Home Encouragement provides couple “triage” for couples in crisis. Further options for resources or professional help are available. If interested, please contact us and let us know of your interest. We believe that every married couple needs someone behind them, cheering for them.