Meet Your Live and Virtual Instructors

Jimmy Evans

Jimmy Evans is the Founder and President of XO Marriage, a ministry that is devoted to helping couples thrive in strong and fulfilling marriages. Jimmy served as Senior Pastor of Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo, Texas for thirty years and now serves as Apostolic Elder. Jimmy holds an Honorary Doctorate of Literature from The King’s University and has authored more than seventeen books. Jimmy and Karen have been married for 47 years and have two married children and five grandchildren.

*Virtual Instructor


Meet Your Speakers

Teresa Thomas

Teresa Thomas is a Nationally Certified Mediator Trainer. She designed and developed the Mediator Certification Program and is passionate about the mission of training new Mediators to help change the trajectory of hurting marriages. Teresa is the Lead Mediator at XO Marriage. She has counseled and coached couples for over 30 years. She utilizes the power of God’s word combined with cognitive tools and techniques to help couples master their differences, renew their minds and successfully transform their marriages by surrendering to the process of learning how to do marriage God’s way. Teresa’s husband Jim of 35 years and her adult son Kade continue to champion and support her mission for marriages.

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Dave and Ashley Willis

Dave and Ashley Willis spent thirteen years in full-time church ministry before devoting their work entirely toward the global mission of building stronger, Christ-centered marriages. Their marriage-related books, blogs, podcasts, speaking events and media resources have reached millions of couples around the world making Dave and Ashley one of the most recognized and trusted couples in marriage ministry. As part of the XO Marriage Team, Dave and Ashley speak at all XO events, host The Naked Marriage Podcast, create new marriage resources, and co-host the MarriageToday television broadcast on the Daystar Network. They have four sons and a rescue dog named “Chi Chi”.

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Tim Ross

Pastor Tim Ross is the senior Pastor of Embassy City Church in Irving, TX. Tim speaks both nationally and internationally, strengthening believers with the Good News of Jesus Christ. He began preaching at the age of 20 and has already impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. His dynamic teaching style and uncanny ability to make people understand the gospel message is the reason why he has been such an asset to ministries across cultural and denominational lines. Pastor Tim has been married to the love of his life, Juliette Ross, for more than 20 years, and they have two sons.

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Allan Kelsey

Pastor Allan is originally from South Africa and is married to Stephanie and they have two daughters. Allan is obsessed with the undiscovered potential of people and is focused on helping people know who they are and how powerfully they are equipped to make a world class and unique contribution.

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Pam Southers

Pam Southers is a Lead Trainer for Mediators Certification and an XO Marriage Mediator. She has encouraged and coached both individuals and couples for over 30 years through the power of God’s Word and through prayer. Her passion to see God heal and restore marriages has brought hope to the broken-hearted through true freedom in Jesus Christ. She provides coaching, insight, and hope for couples in helping them to understand, navigate, and succeed in God’s design for their marriage. Pam believes in the preciousness and uniqueness of every marriage and works with couples to see God’s purpose for the relationship. She addresses both the practical and spiritual issues that hinder, immobilize and render couples ineffective in experiencing the true joy of being married.

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Sean and Lanette Reed

With more than 15 years of pastoral experience, Sean & Lanette Reed have a unique way of presenting truths & practical tips that help couples thrive. Together they have spoken for more than 12 years at marriage conferences, workshops, retreats, and churches. Sean has authored two books and together with Lanette they have over 250,000 views on their YouTube channel that provide marriage coaching for couples. The Reeds live with their three kids in Greenville, NC, where they’re the Marriage and Family Pastors of Opendoor Church.

Do you have a
desire to help

Hurting Couples?

Become a marriage mediator and help couples restore their marriages!

  • Marriages are HURTING
  • Be part of the SOLUTION
  • Join an association of like-minded PROFESSIONALS
  • Influence the trajectory of MARRIAGE RESTORATION
  • Provide marital transformation for couples by utilizing our FAITH BASED MEDIATION MODEL

Access to exclusive resources and benefits of
Getting Certified


October 21-22, 2021 – Southlake, TX

*Registration for each date closes a month prior due to the prerequisites work that are needed to be completed by the student.

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Asked Questions

  • What is Marriage Mediation?

    Marriage Mediation is an innovative marriage-saving approach that combines biblical principles with mediation techniques and tools.

  • What is the difference between Mediation and Counseling?

    XO Marriage Mediation focuses on beliefs and how our thought life plays a major role in restoration or disfunction in our relationships. The battle is in the mind and the good news is, it is the one thing that we can control.
    Counseling is more process oriented and usually dives deeper into mental and/or emotional disorders, abuse, addictions etc. We leave these processes to the professionals and focus more on teaching couples how to do marriage God’s way so they can experience long lasting restoration.

  • What is the faith based model for XO Marriage Mediation?

    When couples are at an impasse and experiencing marital struggles, they need someone to stand in the gap to provide discernment, wise counsel, and a plan for restoration. Mediators are the hands and feet for Jesus, the Great Mediator. They are committed to pointing the hearts of couples back to God. After you complete the training you will be certified as a Marriage Mediator and can walk a couple through the following:

    • A full day hands on experience with real-time breakthroughs for couples who are willing to surrender to doing marriage God’s way.  
    • Techniques for helping couples understand more fully how they get out of alignment of God’s best plan for their marriage and how to master their differences for long term transformation. 
    • Tools for renewing the battle in the mind and learning how to approach conflict with the mind of Christ.
  • How long is the XO Mediator Certification Training?

    The XO Mediator Certification ​is an innovative 70 hours training program developed to effectively equip Marriage Mediators to conduct Marriage Mediation sessions, which includes:

    • 8-Hour Mediation Session with you and your spouse. Critical to understanding the dynamics of Mediation and your future clients.
    • A 20-Hour (two days) Total immersion training with top experts in the field of marriage that will join the host of live and virtual speakers to educate Mediators how to successfully deliver our program.
    • 42 Hours of Self – Paced Distance Learning including actual taped mediation sessions which is imperative for this type of training.
  • What are the eligibility requirements?

    Applicant eligibility 

    • Minimum 2-year degree
    • Must be married (even if you are applying as an individual)
    • Experience with helping couples and/or in the helping field
    • Letter of recommendation if the applicant has no previous experience
    • Take the Top 5 CliftonStrengths Assessment separately
  • How much does it cost to get certified?

    $2500 per person

    $3500 per couple

    Includes 70 Total Hours of Training:

    • One Day (8 Hours) Virtual Private Mediation with Spouse; Critical to understanding the dynamics of Mediation and your future clients.
    • Two Day (20 Hours) Live Intensive XO Mediator Certification Course; Includes live and virtual instructors in the field of marriage.
    • Distance Learning (42 Hours); Includes taped Mediations of real couples in live mediation sessions; imperative for this type of training.
    • 2 Year Membership to XO Mediator Network; Mediators will be included in our on-line directory at XO Marriage making it easy for clients to locate you.
  • What are the benefits of the network for Marriage Mediators?

    After being certified as a Marriage Mediator you will join the XO Mediator Network, with the following benefits:

    • Access to the XO Now extensive library of resources and videos.
    • Have your name included in our public online directory of Marriage Mediators on, making it easy for couples to find you in their area.
    • Receive a special discount when purchasing XO resources.
  • Where is the live training located? Is the Certification offered online?

    Currently we are not offering an online certification. The live certification is held in Southlake, TX at the XO Marriage Headquarters.

  • Is there a re-Certification required to maintain XO Mediator status?

    Yes, every two years there is a recertification on-line course requirement to maintain certification and to continue to improve mediation skills. The recertification allows each member to maintain the title of Marriage Mediator, network membership benefits, and remain part of our directory.

  • What is XO Marriage?

    Relationships are ever-changing. At XO, we curate the best marriage advice from experts that practice what they preach. No matter where couples are in their relationship, we meet them there with a good word and practical steps to keep them on the same path. We exist to give couples creative ways to keep marriage fresh, and inspire them to grow together.

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