"The House of Marriage is made one brick at a time. 

There are no shortcuts."

—  Derrick Barbee 

The Marriage Builders are committed to the belief that marriage is a fundamental building block to a whole, healthy and successful society. Fundamental to this notion is the idea that long lasting and enduring marriages do not happen by accident; they happen by intention. Thus, there are some essential things that must go into every marriage in order for it to be built to last-'til death do us part.'


The goal of The Marriage Builders is to help couples, engaged and married, to identify, establish, and maintain these critical building blocks for a marriage that will be fulfilling and enjoyable for both spouses and be an example for other couples.

Who Are The Marriage Builders?

Derrick and Tracy Barbee are a husband and wife team that has a passion for the institution of marriage and for building strong marriages. They have been married for almost 25 years and currently reside in Chesapeake, Virginia. Their life experiences and professional training-Derrick, a professor and pastor, and Tracy, a licensed marriage and family therapist, has equipped them to bring unique perspectives and relevant insights to the arena of marriage. 

Specializing in Marriage & Pre-martial Counseling, Mentoring, Training, Seminars & Speaking Engagements


Pastor Barbee and Tracey Barbee are just simply amazing. They have provided professional leadership skills, which have shown us how to care, respect, balance life, and most importantly helped to “fulfill our purpose”.

—  Ronte and Renice

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