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 30 years, Susan, and for my five children—Megan, Emily, Hannah, Mark, Jr., and Grant. 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, all now in their mid-twenties. 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, and 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 my first 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. I have also co-written with my wife Susan, Lists to Love By for Busy Husbands and Busy Wives as well as From Me to You: A Conversation Journal for You and Your Son or Daughter. These two sets of books really resonated with the two most important aspects of our lives: our marriage and our children. We wanted to share the lessons we learned with you.

I also enjoy speaking at conferences and events hosted by major companies and organizations, NFL teams, as well as special engagements for dignitaries.

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