Meet the Mitchells



In life, people invest in various things — such as a home, car, education, and retirement. But sowing into one’s marriage is one of the most important investments that a couple can make.

Although there is no “easy” path to a happy and long-lasting marriage — with the right investments — couples can achieve (and enjoy) marital success. Our comprehensive consulting and coaching services (for couples, individuals, retreats, and workshops) are rooted in the power of prayer, the power of Scripture, and the power of strategic action. We believe that marriages can be rebuilt, brokenness can be mended, and hope can be restored.

“In some communities, counseling carries a stigma,” says Reverend Joel Mitchell. “But Christian counseling can be a healing bridge in marriage. It has the power to carry us from where we are … to where God wants us to be.”


Meet Joel

REV. DR. JOEL MITCHELL is an ordained and licensed minister who has worked in social service for over 25 years. During this time, he’s worked with youth-in-care, at-risk teens, and individuals impacted by mental illness and HIV/ AIDS. In addition, Dr. Mitchell served for over 15 years as Deputy Commissioner with the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, Human Services, and Workforce Service Divisions. Dr. Mitchell also serves as the Executive Director for EMMAUS, one of the few organizations in the nation that provides services for boys and young men who are victims of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Reverend Mitchell earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Human Relations from Western Illinois University and a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary. In 2018 he earned his Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Chicago Theological Seminary.

Meet Naomi

REV. DR. NAOMI MITCHELL is a licensed minister with a heart for wholeness, wellness, and well-being. In addition to a broad range of counseling expertise, she has extensive experience in preaching, pastoral care, bereavement, marriage, eating disorders, self-esteem, social adjustment, job loss, depression, trauma-informed care, & anxiety. Dr. Naomi earned a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Divinity & Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. In May 2021, she earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Homiletics from the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. In addition, Dr. Mitchell is a Certified Prepare & Enrich Counselor, an Approved Gottman Institute Couple’s Check-up Advisor, and holds an advanced Self Psychology and Religion certificate from the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago.

REVS. DRS. JOEL & NAOMI have shared 21 years of marriage. Together they have three children, 20-year-old twin boys Jasper Caleb & Jacobi Israel, one 18-year-old daughter, Sidni Joi, and a very rambunctious 9-year-old golden retriever, Maximillion Nicholas Mitchell.


The Mithell Family