40 Years of Faithfulness

Dennis and Barbara Rainey look back on FamilyLife’s 40 years of ministry to marriages and families.

God's faithfulness over 40 years is worth celebrating. We depend on His continued favor to continue to reach families one home at a time. View Show Notes →
The message was vital; the challenge was how to spread it far and wide. The answer? A national radio program called "FamilyLife Today." View Show Notes →
During the 1980s and 1990s, millions of couples found help and hope for their marriages and families, thanks to God's favor and faithfulness. View Show Notes →
Hurting marriages and a disintegrating cultural ethic. Sound familiar? In 1976, the FamilyLife Marriage Conference was born to address these pressing issues. View Show Notes →
When Dennis and Barbara Rainey were newlyweds, God called them to a unique ministry to engaged couples. Hear how FamilyLife began in 1976. View Show Notes →

Meet Series Guests

Barbara Rainey

After graduating from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, Barbara joined the staff of Cru® in 1971. With her husband Dennis, whom she married in 1972, the Rainey’s cofounded FamilyLife®, a ministry committed to helping marriages and families survive and thrive in our generation.

Barbara is a frequent speaker and guest on FamilyLife Today®, FamilyLife’s award-winning nationally-syndicated daily radio broadcast. She is the author or coauthor of more than 35 books, including Moments Together for Couples and Moments With You marriage devotionals; Growing Together, a series of books for families; A Symphony in the Dark; and her most recent, Letters to My Daughters: The Art of Being a Wife.

After faithfully served alongside Dennis, both in ministry and at home, Barbara launched a new endeavor called Ever Thine Home®. This line of home décor with interactive content helps families express faith at home in a way that is both biblical and beautiful. Her heart for Ever Thine Home is based on the familiar Old Testament instruction:
“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-9, ESV)
Dennis and Barbara live near Little Rock, Arkansas and continue to serve with Cru, FamilyLife’s parent organization. They have six children and an impressive number of grandchildren.

Dennis Rainey

Dennis Rainey cofounded FamilyLife®, a ministry of Cru®. Since the organization began in 1976 through 2017, Dennis’ leadership enabled FamilyLife to grow into a dynamic and vital ministry in more than 109 countries around the world helping families discover the joy God intended for their relationships with God, spouse, and kids.

Dennis has authored or co-authored more than 35 books, including best-selling Moments Together for Couples and Staying Close and has received two Golden Medallion Awards from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. In addition, he served as the senior editor of the HomeBuilders Couples Series®, which has sold over 3 million copies and has been translated into 47 languages.

A powerful and effective communicator, Dennis hosted the nationally-syndicated radio program FamilyLife Today® through early 2019 on more than 1,300 radio outlets in all 50 states. During his tenure on the program, FamilyLife Today was recipient of the National Religious Broadcasters Radio Program of the Year Award three times. Dennis serves on the Board of Directors of Dallas Theological Seminary.

Dennis and Barbara have been married since 1972 and love laughing with their six children and growing number of grandchildren. In his spare time, Dennis enjoys helping Barbara in their garden, reading great books, and pursuing his passions for hunting and fishing. They live near Little Rock, Arkansas and continue to serve with Cru, FamilyLife’s parent organization.

Emmitt Fowler

Emmitt Fowler is the Director of Broadcast Relations at FamilyLife. Emmitt has been with FamilyLife since 2006, serving FamilyLife Today’s® broadcast affiliates. Emmitt studied radio communications at Grace University in Omaha and has over 20 years’ experience in the radio industry. Prior to FamilyLife, Emmitt’s diverse background includes Christian radio station manager, business owner, and bi-vocational pastor. Emmitt and his wife, Jane, have been married since 1987 and live in Little Rock, AR. They have a son and daughter-in-law in Minneapolis, MN and two adult daughters in Little Rock. They enjoy serving in their church by mentoring engaged couples.