‘Fixer Upper’ Couple: ‘Our Family Has Made a Commitment to Put Christ First’

The couple behind HGTV’s reality series Fixer Upper recently spoke with Billy Graham Evangelistic Association about their faith and the impact the show has had on viewers. Fixer Upper centers on Chip and Joanna Gaines, and—like a lot of HGTV series—shows the designers undertaking new home renovation projects each episode. The couple first met at Baylor University, and for years, ran a home renovation and design company before being approached by the cable network. In the interview, they explained:

Our family has made a commitment to put Christ first, a lifestyle our parents modeled for us very well. They showed us how to keep our marriage and family centered around God. As for "Fixer Upper", we have been surprised at the impact of our faith through the show. We haven’t been overtly evangelical, but the rich feedback we have received on family and love all source from our faith. Jesus said the world would know His disciples by their love for one another, and we’ve glimpsed this in practice and strive for it every day.

It’s not the first time the show’s stars have spoken about their faith. Back in April, Joanna filmed this video for Baylor, discussing her testimony, her calling and how she uses her platform to share her faith.

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DaphneandDavid McCarty

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DaphneandDavid McCarty commented…

I love Joanna and Chip. The way the are so passionate about their work and the love they have for each other and their children is so refreshing.

Joyce Monk Shipes

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Joyce Monk Shipes commented…

Could watch this show 24-7, my husband told someone it must be the only channel or show on TV. Looking so forward to the new season!

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David Pursey

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David Pursey commented…

My wife, who is a pastor in the Lutheran church and I truly love Chip and Joanna, not to mention the show Fixer Upper is awesome. It is refreshing to hear people share their testimony about their relationship with Christ. Their 4 children are adorable and even though the show keeps them busy, they ALWAYS have family time. The Gaines family is an incredible example of Christ love for His children.

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Marla McKeown commented…

As a single mom (not by choice) I have two darling girls ages 11 and 15 that love your show. Intrigued to know why my 11 year old was so hooked on watching Chip and Joanna (after homework of course), I sat down to watch it with her. It was so clear that although you're extremely talented in what you do, it had much more to do with your family and relationships. I asked her, "honey what do you like so much about this show?", her answer, "Mr. Gains always brings the kids to the house at night to kiss the mama goodnight, no matter what....it's how a family should be". The love and respect you show for each other and everyone you work with is such a powerful example. Thank you!

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Martha Claycomb Simmons commented…

It's so very refreshing to hear your testimony Joanna, but I'm not at all surprised. Before my husbands botched operation my son was working on our home. Some painting and trim got done on the main floor, but then on April 15 of last year my husband went into the hospital for an operation (so he wouldn't end up in a wheelchair) that was only supposed to last for 2 to 3 days. Unfortunately it turned out to be a nightmare and my son and I spent long hours trying to get to the bottom of what happened with not much success. My husband was sent home before he was well, and ended up going to a local hospital for the infection. Then he ended up in an insane asylum for 8 days, there are so many other horrendous things that happened but I'm trying to keep this short. After the asylum he went back into the hospital again and nearly died. He was then transferred from that local hospital back to the VA, and they said I had to take him home or he would end up homeless? We took him home on June the 4th. Caretaker had become my job so I moved my bed in the dining room and lovingly cared for him, he was scared and had dementia, so I had to explain to him over and over again what had taken place. He had lost nearly 70 pounds in 7 weeks and no longer looked like the big strong healthy man he had been. Of course with all this going on and his son, daughter, and I losing the Stanley we once knew, now it was time to bring him back again. He never fully recovered and was no long able to work as the fine pharmacist he had been for so many years. My son was devasted and circumstances caused him to start using drugs. Of course the house never got finished. Things got even worse with his wife so I had them move in with me. Now I would be caring for my husband who was no longer Stanley anymore, my daughter-in-law who started drinking, and my son who had gotten hooked back on drugs. My daughter was in a fog trying to put one foot in front of the other as a librarian. I also had my baby grandson and his 8 year old brother to care for. My son Donovan tried to start ripping things apart for them to live in the basement, but never got done. Now I'm staying with my son in a rented duplex because my health has been so bad and I haven't been able to use my stairs at home. He and his wife are going to church now, and I have joined along with them. The church is where I raised my children when they were young, so it was wonderful to get back there once again. I just take my little cushion and praise the Lord with my son little Family and it is awesome. We need to downsize as the house is too huge for just just me and Stanley. We live on a fixed income now too, and help our children in these trying times with money, so there isn't any extra to finish the house. We have it up for sale, but no one wants to bid on it because it's such a mess. Please dear Joanna and Chip, can you help us. Also my son-in-law just lost his job because of mental issues and I have stayed in his home to help bring him back to reality for a couple months. We're all still working on Jeremy to make him feel safe the best we can. I will never give up on my Family. They are the world to me.

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