Marriage | Victory Church




The mission of this ministry is to strengthen, transform, and equip marriages to build a solid, Godly foundation based on the covenant of love, forgiveness, respect, and oneness through Jesus Christ.

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Victory’s marriage ministry is led by Mario and Cathie Santiago. Our small groups help you and your spouse learn practical and (more importantly) biblical insight to equip your relationship in all stages of marriage. Our small groups are for married, engaged and dating couples and usually run for 8 weeks.

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Biblically Based Groups

We seek to strengthen and encourage existing marriages utilizing biblical curriculum. We provide practical tools to equip couples to pursue the Christ-centered marriage God intends for you.

We also offer 6 to 8 week sessions that are held on consecutive Fridays. Currently child care is not provided.

Please feel free to join our Facebook group and contact us for more information. We would love to go over any questions you may have and fill you in more on these amazing groups where you will both not only grow as a couple, but also develop lasting friendships.

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Group Descriptions

Here are some of the groups we hold...

Marriage Oneness


The hope of deep, soul-level harmony is why we get married in the first place. It's that good. But oneness doesn't just happen. Couples make it happen. And it can deepen over the lifetime of a marriage.

In these dynamic, video-based sessions, Marriage Oneness equips couples to grow in true intimacy, connection, and purpose—and experience closeness for a lifetime. Along with a profile to evaluate and address each couple’s own oneness level, Marriage Oneness includes Circle Up small-group discussions, Oneness Work application exercises to complete together, and a personalized Next Steps Planner.

Marriage Oneness equips couples for closeness in seven key areas:

  • Communication
  • Money
  • Sexual Intimacy
  • Family and Friends
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Spiritual Beliefs
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Family and Friends

It's where you and me become we.

Love & Respect

What is Love and Respect?

Based on the book written by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs that love best motivates a woman and respect most powerfully motivates a man. Research reveals that during marital conflict a husband most often reacts when feeling disrespected and a wife reacts when feeling unloved. Though we all need love and respect equally, the felt need differs during conflict, and this difference is as different as pink is from blue!

Men and women will learn how to resolve conflict, dealing with the negative reactions (the crazy cycle). They will also learn how to motivate each other by meeting each other's need (the energizing cycle). Even those who feel hopeless in their relationships will gain understanding on how to handle an indifferent or unresponsive partner (the rewarded cycle).” 

The Building Blocks series provides an opportunity for couples to go deeper into the life changing principles of Love and Respect.

The series covers the following principles:
  • Week 1: Pink and Blue: Not Wrong, Just Different
  • Week 2: Hollywood or Holy Word?
  • Week 3: 80:20 Ratio
  • Week 4: Not Communication, but Mutual Understanding
  • Week 5: My Response is My Responsibility
  • Week 6: Stay the Course

We are excited about this series because it offers practical ways to incorporate the Love and Respect principles into your marriage. We are confident it will help you spend less time on the Crazy Cycle and more time on the Energizing and Rewarded Cycles!

The Smart Stepfamily

When stepfamily life gets tough, remaining dedicated to your commitment is a day-to-day decision. In The Smart Stepfamily, leading expert Ron L. Deal reveals the seven fundamental steps to blended family success and provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues you face as a stepfamily.

Whether married or soon-to-be married, you'll discover how to communicate effectively and solve the everyday puzzles of stepchildren relationships. This eight-session series offers usable solutions for everyday living, practical tips for raising stepkids, and ways to strengthen couple’s marriage.

  • Recognize the unique personality and place of each family member
  • Solve the everyday puzzles of step parenting and stepchildren relationships
  • Learn communication skills to deal with ex-spouses
  • Honor families of origin while developing new traditions
  • Invest the time to grow their stepfamily slowly rather than look for instant results

Ron Deal’s personable presentation combines instruction and encouragement that affirms both husbands and wives and their intent to build strong families.

The Art of Marriage

Presenting God's Design for Marriage

Marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a true art form. That’s why for more than 40 years, Family Life has been helping couples understand God’s plan for relationships.

The Art of Marriage weaves together expert teaching, real-life stories, humorous vignettes, and more to portray both the challenges and the beauty of God’s design.

Topics addressed:
  • Love Happens: God’s Purpose and Plan
  • Love Fades: Overcoming Isolation
  • Love Dances: Fulfilling Our Responsibilities
  • Love Interrupted: Communication and Conflict
  • Love Sizzles: Experiencing Real Intimacy
  • Love Always: Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Getting to the Heart of God's Design in this six-week series helps couples blend their personalities and their life's circumstances to create a divinely-inspired work of art — marriage. Get ready to make a masterpiece of your marriage.

Fireproof Your Marriage

Fireproof Your Marriage will challenge you to love better, to love first and to love for a lifetime! Founded on Biblical principles, this six-session series is a wonderful way for you and your spouse to build and strengthen your marriage. The Fireproof Your Marriage study integrates movie clips from FIREPROOF, along with key Scriptures, thought-provoking questions and devotionals, and concepts from the Love Dare book.

Sessions include:
  • He Said/She Said: Appreciating the God-designed differences between men and women
  • He First Loved Us: God's love for you and how it enables you to love others
  • Love for a Lifetime: Marriage as a lifelong covenant
  • Breaking Free: Freeing yourself from temptations that can destroy a marriage
  • Forgiveness: Offering and receiving forgiveness?
  • A Better Way of Loving: Unconditional love

Fireproof Your Marriage will challenge couples in how to show, and ultimately achieve real love.

Upcoming Events

Keep an eye on our Victory calendar of upcoming events to find out about our next gathering!

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