Founded in 2009 by Alonza and Vanessa Jones, Biblical Marriage Institute (BMI) was birthed out of a desire to see biblical marriage restored and upheld as the standard for all marriages.
BMI began as a "marriage mentor" equipping ministry. Properly trained in the knowledge and understanding of what a biblical marriage looks like, godly men and women learned how to assist other couples to develop the values, attitudes, and skills necessary to experience marital success. Today, in addition to mentor training, BMI provides a full array of marriage education services.
Because most marriages begin in the church (or a religious context), BMI works closely with local churches, Christian schools, and like-minded organizations, by providing marriage education, training, and community awareness services.
The mission of BMI is to "train and equip the Church to model, teach, and advance biblical marriage throughout the world."
About Our Founders
Alonza and Vanessa Jones have been uniquely equipped through the providence of God to lead other Believers in building and maintaining godly families. They are sought-after speakers for men's and women's conferences, marriage retreats, seminars, and workshops. The Joneses have also led workshops on marriage and family development for national and regional organizations.
Alonza is the President of BMI. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Biblical Counseling. He is an adjunct seminary professor, Bible teacher, and leadership trainer. Vanessa is a Bible teacher and has formal training in biblical counseling. She also puts her extensive experience in executive-level administration to good use as Vice President of BMI.
The Joneses have been happily married for more than 42 years. Most of their married life has been spent investing in others and focusing on marital preservation.
How We Are Different
BMI helps prevent marital and family breakdown through biblical teaching and mentoring. We create and teach courses on marriage and relationships for teens and adults.