Marriage and Family Initiative 

Change YOUR Family Legacy

Our Team

Bruce and Leta

BRUCE AND LETA WILBANKS, FOUNDERS

Bruce and Leta were high school sweethearts, marrying on August 20, 1976. They have two sons, Adam, married to Christina, and Brandon, married to Kendra, and live in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. They attend First Baptist Church in Broken Arrow, OK.

Bruce has been an executive recruiter and career and life coach for professional and executive men and women for the majority of his 35+ years business experience. Bruce and Leta also work with Eagle Family Ministries of Northwest Arkansas. Bruce is currently getting his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy.  Bruce and Leta are certified in Prepare and Enrich.

After seeing some of their closest friends divorce after 37 years of marriage God placed a call on their lives to marriage ministry.  Bruce and Leta founded Marriage and Family Initiative in 2017.  They have a heart toward working with couples to renew their love and commitment and change their family legacy.

DonAndGail

Don and Gail Donell

Don and Gail were also high school sweethearts, and married August 14, 1976.  They have four children, daughter Rachel, married to U.S. Army Captain Aaron Selph, son Ryan, married to Lydia, daughter Amy, married to Claudio Molina, and son Ian, serving in the U.S. Marines, along with seven beautiful grandchildren.They attend Christ Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, OK.

Don has spent most of the past 35 years in the pastoral ministry as a bi-vocational pastor in Oklahoma and South Carolina. Additionally, Don and Gail spent 12 years as missionary church-planters in Cordoba, Argentina and Asheville, North Carolina.  Don is currently a corporate trainer for Hilti in Tulsa.

We are very fortunate to have Don and Gail working with MFI as program consultants and event speakers.

BRUCE and LETA WILBANKS and DON and GAIL DONELL have been best friends since high school, wedding attendants for each other as they married one week apart in their small hometown of Gravette, AR, and attended Southwest Baptist College together in Bolivar, MO.  Bruce and Don both sang and travelled with the Sonshine Quartet for many years, and still reunite with the group for special concerts. But then life and careers separated them as they lived very different lives across the world from each other. God’s divine plan has now brought them back together in Broken Arrow, OK to work together with Marriage and Family Initiative, a 501c3 nonprofit.

Marriage is under attack in our country, and we truly believe that so many of the challenges facing our society like crime, poverty, violence and education can be addressed by strengthening families. Strong families begin with a healthy marriage.  Join us in taking a stand for marriage!

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