Marriage Mentoring

What can I expect from our sessions with our Mentor Couple?

When you contact us to request connecting with a Marriage Mentor Couple, you will be contacted by a program coordinator to discuss some basic information like…what are your goals for these sessions?where are you located?when would be good times to meet with the Mentor Couple? Once we have this information, we will determine a mentor Couple that suits your situation best, unless you already know a Mentor Couple you want to choose. The Mentor couple will then contact you directly to set up a time to meet and begin the process.

They may suggest taking the PREPARE online assessment. It contains about 240-265 “statements” regarding your relationship that you will respond to. It takes about 30-45 minutes to complete. Don’t over-think your answers or go back and change answers once you have answered them. The assessment works best if you give a quick, honest response. Don’t worry, this isn’t a test with “right” and “wrong” answers. It’s designed to give a “snapshot” of where your relationship as a couple is at that particular moment in time. It’s just a tool for the Mentor Couple to use in your discussions.  The assessment results will be used throughout the process to discuss issues specific to you and your spouse. If at any time you would like to change Mentor Couples for whatever reason, contact us and we will do our best to match you up with another couple.

Of course, you are not required to take the assessment. You can simply meet with your Mentor Couple and discuss whatever you like. The assessment is simply a helpful tool.

Who can connect with a Growing Marriages Mentor Couple?

Growing Marriages is a ministry of The Edge Church in the Aurora/Naperville IL area. Therefore, you must be within comfortable driving distance to meet with a Mentor Couple. In some cases, it might be possible to conduct sessions over Skype, but that will depend on the Mentor Couples availability. In general, this is a local ministry and program. However, our online resources are available to anyone with internet access.

What is the cost of the program?

As we stated before, this is a ministry of The Edge Church and therefore are not charging couples for this service. However, if you choose to take the ENRICH online assessment, there is a cost of $29.95 payable by credit card when you log-in to the assessment.

How long will the program last?

That is completely up to you and your Mentor Couple. You can discuss that as you meet together. Typically, Mentoring is not an ongoing process, but has a time limit. What that limit is would be determined by yourself and your Mentor couple.

Where will we meet?

That will be worked out between you and your Mentor Couple when they contact you.

Do I need to belong to The Edge Church to participate in the program?

No. But priority is given to members of The Edge Church and would depend on the availability of the Mentor Couple.

How do I get started?

Just fill out our contact form and write in the comment area that you would like to get connected with a Mentor Couple and a brief comment on why you would like to be Mentored. We will respond as soon as possible to start the process.

Marriage Mentors

Russ & Sharon Peterson

Russ & Sharon have been married over 29 years and are blessed with three children, two grandchildren, and one on the way!.

For the last 29 years, Russ has operated his own graphic design business, while Sharon has been a full-time mom, and in the last 12 years, a substitute teacher as well.

In the summer of 2005 they started Growing Marriages, a ministry to help Prepare for, Enrich, or Repair  marriages. This is done primarily through couple-to-couple mentoring with the aid of marriage resources.


Scott & Marilyn Bradley

Scott and Marilyn have been married for 37 years, and with six children – three sons and three daughters (and a grandbaby!)

Scott is President of Investortools, Inc., a financial services software firm headquartered in Yorkville.  Marilyn is a Mom and teacher at heart having been at home and home-schooled all of the kids at one time or another.  She is Montessori certified for ages 0-6 and her real passion is early childhood development and education, both academic and spiritual.

Both Scott and Marilyn have a heart for marriages and family, having served in a marriage mentoring capacity and as Art of Marriage facilitators. They live in Lisle, but spend colder months in Sedona, AZ.

Are you ready to be a
Marriage Mentor Couple?