Marriages by Design – (MBD) is a total marriage enhancing and rebuilding program. This ministry was created by the Holy Spirit and developed by Todd Carter & Andrea Blackwood Carter, who refer to themselves as “Fellow Strugglers.” MBD uses solid biblical principles, life experiences and expertise along with Godly wisdom, accountability, and spiritual support. We are the tools but God is the foundation. The ministry is cutting edge and innovative through the use of humor, technology, social media, and true life testimonies.

Todd & Andrea make themselves available to go to churches or visit groups who are interested in the ministry of MBD and have a strong belief in marriages. They can come to you for either a marriage retreat, seminar, or instruct your team on how to implement MBD into your church or community. Todd & Andrea are experienced in marriage, parenting, and the issues of life and have led couple counseling sessions, retreats, seminars, MBD classes, leadership conferences, and small group for the past 7 years, – not only at their church of over 8,000 members, but other churches in and out of the area. To add to their experience Todd is a gifted motivational speaker and owner of 2 businesses in their local community.  On a personal note, Todd & Andrea reside in Ozark, Mo. and are the parents of five children, one of which is in heaven already (Jalen).  Jared is the oldest (23), Schuyler (20) both are  attending Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Stormie (18) is attending her 1st year of college close to home and Jette is the youngest (13) and is in Junior High.  They are very proud of their children and are a very close family.

Andrea, a descendant of the famous Blackwoods (Blackwood Brothers Quartet, Blackwood Singers) and having sung with her family all of her life, adds another dimension to the MBD ministry with her soloist ability. Todd & Andrea have an extreme passion for marriages. Our desire is to help troubled relationships to begin the rebuilding process, dull relationships to restore joy and happiness, and for committed relationships to bring life back to their marriage. For engaged couples, we aim to teach them what it takes to have a great marriage and support other married couples around them. Todd & Andrea are transparent in their dialogue about their experiences and relationship as well as being compassionate but straight forward to all the different dynamics of marital relationships they encounter through their ministry.

They would consider it a pleasure to be invited to speak at your church, group, organization, retreat, or seminar and do what God has called them to do as it applies to marriages. They are tools being used by God in “Building Marriages to Last a Lifetime”. The Lord is opening many doors for MBD/Marriage ministry and God is leading. Good and healthy marriage relationships are the framework of the family – with God as the foundation. Without either one of these there would be no family and without families there would be no church. For this reason Todd & Andrea take their passion very seriously and want to share their resources with you. Building Marriages to Last a Lifetime!


Speaking Engagements

MBD Class

Life Coaching

Pre-Marital Coaching


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605 N Boonville
Springfield, MO 65806

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