About Me

mark merrill

I’ve got a confession to make right up front. I’m struggling on this journey through this thing we call life.  I’ve never felt completely at home anywhere…any home that I’ve been in, any office I’ve met in or any church I’ve worshipped in.  I kind of feel like I don’t belong.  Like I’m a foreigner from another country, a citizen of another land.  Why?  Well, maybe it’s because I am. I’m not meant to be here forever.  I’m just here for a relatively very short time. I’ll be going to my eternal home soon.  Is that today?  Maybe. Is it next year? Perhaps. 30 or 40 years from now? The probabilities increase.  But like you, I want whatever time I have on this earth to matter. I want it to matter for God, for my wife of 26 years, Susan, and for my five children—Megan, 25, Emily 23, Hannah, 23, Mark, Jr. 21 and Grant, 19. I want whatever influence I have to last for generations, and hopefully forever.

Let me share something personal with you…truth is of utmost importance to me…has been ever since I can remember. I have a great passion to seek truth and speak truth into people’s lives.  You might say I’m a truth warrior!  There are too many lies in this world that are hurting a lot of people.  So in this blog, I will focus on truth about relationships, parenting, fatherhood and marriage. I’ll also do my very best to provide you with practical ideas on how to implement those truths in your daily living.

Having said that, you need to know that I’ve failed and made plenty of mistakes as a husband, father, son and friend.  But I’m always willing to learn.  And I hope to learn from you as well as you share your comments and thoughts with me.  So will you go, and grow, on this journey with me? I sure hope so.  I think it’s going to be a really amazing adventure.


I’m so grateful for my wife, Susan, and our five children, ages 19-25. I’ve learned how to be a better husband and dad because of them.

I’ve also probably learned more and benefitted more than anyone else from Family First, a national non-profit organization.  Since its founding, I’ve been honored to be a part of Family First as it fortifies families with truth through our All Pro Dad and iMOM programs. Hosting our nationally syndicated daily radio program, The Family Minute, is an important part of what I do as well.

I’ve had the opportunity to appear on NBC’s Today Show, Fox & Friends numerous ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC network affiliates and national radio programs. Some of my comments and writings have appeared in publications like USA Today, the Washington Times, and Sports Illustrated. Blogging on marriage, parenting and relationships is something that I spend time on as well.

Authoring the newly released book, All Pro Dad—Seven Essentials to Be a Hero to Your Kids, was quite challenging and yet rewarding. I’ll always be striving to be an All Pro Dad myself and I’m passionate about making family a top priority in my life and in the lives of others. In doing so, I enjoy speaking at conferences and events hosted by major companies and organizations, NFL teams, as well as special engagements for dignitaries.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • When we see the world with a child like eyes and heart and truth we are willing to learn and grow. We admit we know little and are willing to accept learning new things and new ways of doing things that will yield richer and more meaningful results. The balance is to use your wisdom as a mature adult but never to be complacent and think you know everything and be set totally in your ways or opinions. If we approach life with a child like wonderment we will appreciate each and every moment on this earth, right here and NOW. Enjoy the nature, and the clouds in the sky, and the fragrance of the flowers, and the faces you meet. When we are mindful of each moment and slow down to take it in and enjoy it, we will find ourselves in the gateway to bliss here on earth. When anything bad or good happens, ask yourself, “I can’t wait to see what good will come from this.”

  • Klmcelroy

    Mark..you are a great role model for our boys. I agree that trutht matters most and lies hurt our world. I am grateful there are men like you in the world. Bless you and your family.

  • diver1972


    Regarding “I’ll be going to my eternal home soon”, where is your eternal home?

    Also, how do you know, beyond the shadow of any doubt, that truth doesn’t lie within us?

  • Thanks for the encouraging words, Klmcelroy. I’m glad I can serve your family.

  • Brent,

    Great questions! My “eternal home” is heaven. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and there is no way to eternal life except through Him.  Christ took my sin on the cross and restored me to a right relationship with God. And for that, I am forever grateful.

  • Sarah

    Thank you for putting your Family Minute on 92.9 KAT-FM in Dubuque, IA.  I listen to it almost every morning.  I recently visited your website, only to find you are a believer in the Lord Jesus! I am not surprised; your Family Minute has a peaceful, reassuring calm like our Lord provides.  May Jesus continue to bless you as you bless countless families.  Paul had only one goal – to live to please the Lord Jesus. 

  • You’re welcome, Sarah. I’m glad our program can be an encouragement to you each day. Stay strong!

  • Nathan

    Dag gum you Mark Merrill! Here I thought I was #1 Dad/Husband in the world until I stumbled upon you and Tony Dungy and everyone else associated with #AllProDad. But after following you I have come to realize that I don’t have to be #1 Dad/Husband in the world, just #1 Dad to my 2 sons and #1 Husband to my wife!! Thank you for all that you do!!

  • Hey Nathan, I’m grateful for your thoughts and am glad to hear you are #1 dad and husband to your fam!

  • J.C.

    Hey Mark. I just heard you on Dennis Rainey’s broadcast. I am single and currently dating a young lady who may soon become my future wife. We are discussing our future roles as parents and I strive to prepare to be an intentional dad like my father. I really appreciated your insight and hope to incorporate it after marriage when I become a father. God bless you and your family.

  • Furaha

    Thank you Mark I’m so excited to read you,My desire is to have a model family and be a wonderfull mother as proverbes31 say may God help me.
    God bless you for the job you are doing blessings…………

  • Davidstover

    me and my wife sometimes have money problems.i work 2 jobs and she works also.when we argue about money one day,we don’t talk for a week.we have silence towards each other.i think it’s stupid or inmature.we both need to grow up and talk instead of arguing over money.any suggestions how to communicate again,instead of waiting a week,thanks.david.

  • Furaha, that is great. Thanks for joining us.

  • Hey David, how is it going with your finances and how you communicate? Please just email me and I’ll work on getting you some resources. 

  • Judy

    Hi Mark! I am in the process of organizing a Baptism Reunion at my church. The other day, I heard on WGTS something like, “5 Things Parents Should Model for Their Children”. The first two were consistency and self-denial. What were the other three? I’d like to pass them on to our couples and I can’t find it on your webpage. Can you help me?

  • Joe

    Mark! Enjoing hearing your commentary on WFIR in Roanoke. My wife Kenyatta and I have 4 children. 2 biological. 2 foster. my wife and I have been married for 12 years. this morning show talked about children and not being the center of the universe. Ill tell you that hit home. My wife and I had a date night this weekend. my youngest is always saying dont go but we didnt give in. this is a time to reconnect!

  • Good for you Joe! A weekly date night is a great way to reconnect and stay connected.

  • David jenkins

    Hi Mark, what do you think of gay marriage? gay parents?

  • Amy Robb

    I wish my husband would wont to learn like you.Good for you and a very lucky family.Takes a real strong man to admit his wrong doing and his weaknesses.?

  • Gary Weeks

    Thank you Mark for all that you do!
    I’m a single Dad, Grandpa, a recovering alcoholic who lives with post concussion syndrome. My life can be a real challenge, your blog often gives me a boost to keep on keeping on! And your insights help me to be a better Dad and Grandpa.
    May God continue to bless you!

  • Dawn Daily

    Hi, Mark. I have four kids: one is married, and the other three are all leaving the nest this fall. My counselor and I will be setting goals for my relationships with each of them and for myself. I plan to use the questions in your article “How to Evaluate Your Relationship with Your Child” to help me work through this change. Thank you so much for your wisdom.

  • That is so encouraging to hear, Dawn. Thank you for sharing and let me know how the transition goes.

  • Tom

    I am Tom from Louisville KY . Ii think yr strategy about how to love with yr family is both refreshing and wonderful! U never mention god but u teach actions speak louder then words! Love u ! Tom …it’s says yr actions is how u show God’s love! Love u ! You inspired me everyday I hear you! You get it!