Judith A. Brumbaugh, MHE, MBA
Author, President & Founder, Restoration of the Family, Inc.
Judith has served in the ministry since 1983 when she established Committee for the Restoration of the Family. As growth and demands increased, she went on to create Restoration of the Family, Inc. (RFI) a 50l (c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission it is to establish, strengthen and restore Biblical families.
With a background as a professional educator, her talents in teaching have brought a unique dimension to her publications and multifaceted teaching formats. From a college classroom to church audiences and Christian organizations in the United States and abroad, her focus has been on teaching "... all the words that I [the LORD] command thee to speak unto them: diminish not a word." (Jeremiah 26:2)
Judith is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Adrian College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics, English, and Home Economics; a Phi Kappa Phi graduate of the University of Georgia with a Master of Home Economics in Clothing and Textiles and an honor graduate of Nova University with a Master of Business Administration and an International specialization.
Judith is a professional educator having taught on the high school, community college and four-year college levels, for a penal institution for young women ages 13-18 and private classes in various subject areas. For the last several years, her focus has been within her ministry, teaching seminars and other instructional formats. She reaches families world wide through the many publications she has written on marriage-related topics and many other family issues. She wrote a bimonthly newsletter, Restoration Report, for ten years, designed to strengthen and rebuild families, and counsels with adults and children on a regular basis. She has taught teen Sunday School classes and has served as leader of various local churches' teen youth groups. Judith has participated on legal and legislative forumns being a keynote speaker at the National Conference on Family Law Reform in Washington DC where she discussed "The United States Constitution in the context of American Jurisprudence in Family Courts and legal action needed to reflect protection for family, society, and the institution of marriage."
The focus of her writings, God's perspective on marriage: 2=1, has been taught to her not only by the Holy Spirit but also God's providential circumstances, starting when her husband left their home because he preferred the companionship of other women. When asked to sign a divorce decree that said she was no longer married, Judith refused and was evicted from her home, having to leave her children and the family assets with her husband. With much pain and agony, she chose to uphold God's standard to "let not man put asunder" (Mark 10:9) and began an eight-year process of writing her own legal briefs to defend the permanence of marriage both from a religious and constitutional point of view, as she documented legal precedents to show that such a decree violated not only God's law but also the U.S. Constitution.
She has had the rare experience of writing two cases (as a lay person without formal legal training) that were docketed before the United States Supreme Court. She introduced a bill to amend the no-fault divorce law and spoke before the Florida House of Representatives and Senate in defense of her bill.
Judith identifies closely with the prophets Jeremiah, the weeping prophet - as she has wept much! Hosea, who suffered the pain and rejection of a wayward wife; Ezra, the teacher of an aspect of God's Word many today reject; and Nehemiah, the prophet who gave the call to fight for families. Through these experiences, she has learned the rewards and price of agape love: "It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes." (Psalm 119:71) Her financial struggles, at times, have left her without hot water, heat and only trays of ice cubes in her refrigerator freezer. Yet, she has seen the hand of God send the "raven" to provide on many occasions including a crate of corn and $70 when she needed food to eat and gas for her car. By a series of supernatural events, she was miraculously delivered from a burning inferno when her car caught fire.
Her emotional turmoil brought her from a state of despair in which she asked God to take her life, to seeing Him remold the broken pieces of clay into a vessel through which He pours compassion and strict adherence to Biblical precepts as she ministers to others. The love that her husband refused to return was reshaped into a ministry that has reached out to hurting families in several countries around the world.
Judith believes, lives and teaches what Jesus proclaims regarding one-flesh marriages: "And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh" (Mark 10:8) as she prayed and interceded for her husband, waiting for him to return. For more than a quarter of a century her love and devotion to him never wained. Thus, she can teach principles for unconditional unilateral love with credibility because she practiced them since 1979. She understands the price one may be required to pay in terms of the personal pain, financial struggles and verbal attacks that accompany such a stand.
Her writings are designed for those who have a desire to "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth," (2 Timothy 2:15) and who believe Jesus' Words: "If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me." (John 14:23,24)
Judith's purpose is not to counsel anyone to marry, to divorce, to separate or to reconcile; but to share what the Holy Spirit and His providential circumstances have taught her in her walk with the Lord. No person should make such serious decisions based upon the reading of any man's works, but only upon the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, confirmed by what is recorded within the pages of God's Holy Word. She strongly urges all to meditate on Job's admonition as recorded in Job 31:1: "I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?" He, like EVERY one-flesh spouse must know such dangers as so succinctly put in 2 Peter 3:17: "... beloved, seeing ye know these things before, BEWARE lest ye ALSO ... fall from your own stedfastness."