“Our story is only a small chapter in God’s grand story of redemption through Jesus Christ. In Him we are able to offer comfort to others 'in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God’ (2 Corinthians 1:4). We can say that by God’s grace we are beginning to understand the meaning of God’s statement that ‘the two shall become one flesh’.”-Jim and Cheryl Crain
Jim and Cheryl were married in 1967, and during their initial years of marriage they experienced many struggles and disappointments. They began to seek answers and found them in God’s Word. Through study and prayer, God brought about changes in their lives that transformed them individually and their marriage as well. Over the years God has intervened and has given them a passion to share what He has taught them: God has a divine purpose for marriage!
They began sharing this purpose by ministering to inmates, teaching the Bible in the county jail, and conducting marriage conferences in state prisons. Not long after that they had the privilege of attending a speaker training conference in Jamaica where some of FamilyLife’s key speakers trained them. In that same year, they led a marriage conference for a few career missionaries on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. This conference launched them into a ministry that they have continued to develop. Since then they have led conferences in Venezuela, Romania, Ukraine and Moldova. They have continued to learn that when Biblical Truth is followed, the Holy Spirit will transform lives and relationships!
Jim holds his undergraduate degree from Baylor University. He worked as a Certified Public Accountant for 30 years until God took him out of the profession in 1998. He also holds his certification as a Biblical Counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (formally NANC).
Cheryl holds her undergraduate degree from Baylor University, and taught English in the Dallas ISD for a short time before starting a private accounting practice with Jim. In 2005, Cheryl completed a Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) degree from Dallas Baptist University.
Jim and Cheryl have two daughters, four granddaughters and one grandson.