Marriage & Family


Marriage & Family News

GraceWorks Staff
Contact Us 903-533-1817
Ken Brumley Pastor, GraceWorks Ministry
Lee Poe Licensed Professional Counselor
Jane Simmons Licensed Professional Counselor
Anna Broderhausen Office Manager
Amy Cummins Administrative Assistant

5755 Eagles Nest Blvd. 4, Tyler, TX 75703

GraceWorks is a multifaceted ministry of Green Acres Baptist Church that includes many areas of service to the body of Christ, including Marriage and Family Ministries. GraceWorks Counseling Ministry provides couples and family therapy designed to help you find Biblical solutions to the common problems we face in having healthy relationships.

In addition to pre-marital counseling, couples therapy, and family therapy, GraceWorks also offers marriage seminars like Nearly Newly Wed for those about to enter or who are already in their first marriage year of marriage. Happily Even After is designed for couples entering or already in their second or beyond marriage.

We hope you will take a few minutes to explore the GraceWorks menu. We ask that you read more about our areas of ministry, get to know our staff and learn how to set an appointment with one of our counselors. We are here to serve the body of Christ at Green Acres and Smith County. We look forward to working with to help your relationships become all God has planned.

Marriage Seminars

These Marriage Enrichment Seminars are completely FREE. We partner with the “Twogether in Texas” state program which focuses upon building healthy marriages. Each seminar is 8 weeks in length and those couples who attend the minimum of 6 sessions will receive a certificate that enables them to receive their Marriage License at a reduced fee of $22 vs. $82.

Nearly Newlywed Seminar

A seminar designed for engaged couples or those married less than two years. Through experience and insight, couples will be taught the foundational truths concerning how to build and maintain a strong marriage. Participating couples learn about communication skills, conflict resolution, financial management, decision making, role responsibilities, sexual intimacy, and healthy boundaries concerning both parents and in-laws.

Happily Even-After Seminar

This seminar is for couples who are about to be married for the second time around, or for those who’ve been remarried two or less years. Second Marriages become successful when approached with the right attitude, the right tools and the right plan. You cannot make the past better, but you can have a future that you never dreamed of. This seminar mirrors much of the Nearly Newly Wed seminar but from a different perspective. Happily Even After has a strong focus on dealing with the blending of families, step-parenting and dealing with the ex-spouse.



The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.
This provocative bestseller is a deceptively simple tool for self-discovery; covering love, money, sex, ethics, technology and more. These questions will take you on a delightful journey into the essence of conversation and can be used as a point of discussion for all family members.


The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
“How do we meet each other’s deep emotional need to feel loved? If we can learn that and choose to do it, then the love we share will be exciting beyond anything we ever felt when we were infatuated.” Dr. Gary Chapman

The Love Dare by Stephen and Alex Kendrick
Whether your marriage is hanging by a thread or healthy and strong, this 40-day journey (featured in the hit movie Fireproof) challenges husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love.


The Smart Stepfamily by Ron L. Deal
Ron L. Deal reveals the seven fundamental steps to blended family success and provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues you face as a step-family.


Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
Christians often focus so much on being loving and giving that they forget their own limits and limitations. Drs. Cloud and Townsend show you how to bring new health to your relationships. You’ll discover firsthand how sound boundaries give you the freedom to walk as the loving, giving, fulfilled individual God created you to be.


The Wounded Heart by Dr. Dan B. Allender
Statistics indicate that we all know someone who has been sexually abused. This is an intensely personal and specific look at sexual abuse that may be affecting you, your spouse, a close friend or neighbor, or someone you know well at church.

Rid of My Disgrace by Justin S. and Lindsey Holcomb
Reminds victims of sexual assault that they are not alone and it is not the end of the story. The Holcombs take sexual assault out of the shadows of shame and isolation and into the light of the gospel.


Out of the Shadows Understanding Sexual Addiction by Patrick Carnes, Ph.D
Sex is at the core of our identities. And when it becomes a compulsion, it can unravel our lives. Dr. Carnes has included the latest research and how to address the exploding phenomenon of cybersex addiction. With practical wisdom and spiritual clarity, it points the way out of the shadows of sexual compulsion and back into the light and fullness of life.


GraceWorks Staff

Ken Brumley
Ken Brumley

Pastor, GraceWorks Ministry

Ken has served Green Acres for over 25 years. He has provided pastoral and marriage and family counseling since he arrived in 1985. Ken has a Master’s Degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary with focus on Education and Marriage and Family Counseling. He is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Lee Poe
Lee Poe

Licensed Professional Counselor

Lee Poe has served churches on staff and as Pastor for over 35 years. He has a Master’s Degree in Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Lee is also certified in Texas as a counselor supervisor. Lee maintains membership in the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Jane Simmons
Jane Simmons

Licensed Professional Counselor

Jane Simmons has been a homemaker, homeschooling mom and pastor’s wife for 30 years. She holds a B.S. degree in Christian Education in the Church with a minor in Bible from Columbia International University and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family. Jane is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.