My Story

_dsc8509The Inside Scoop

  • I love peanut butter! Peanut butter on bananas, melted peanut butter on ice cream, peanut butter on a spoon (who needs bread?)
  • I don’t like nuts in anything. Hard things like nuts should never be in soft things like brownies.
  • I taught piano and voice lessons for 15 years. Stopped after child #4 came along and older kids were entering the teen years.
  • I live in a 100-year-old farmhouse out in the country. I say I have the best of both worlds: I live in the middle of cornfields where it’s quiet and beautiful…but I’m only two and a half miles from Walmart!
  • I love history and when I go to a museum I love to read every word on the displays!
  • I hate to shop.
  • I would never buy new clothes if it wasn’t for a husband who makes me give up things like the purple bathrobe I wore for 22 years (I’d had it since high school and he made me get a new one on our 20th anniversary. It didn’t even have any holes in it!)
  • No coffee for me…tea lover here….especially Good Earth Original Tea!
  • I’m an introvert…I get refueled by being alone.
  • I love Jesus with all my heart, soul, and mind! (Ok, you might have known that one! I don’t usually keep that to myself!)

The Official “Introduction and Publicity” Bio

20121009-jill0162Jill Savage is an author and speaker who is passionate about encouraging families. She is the author or co-author of twelve books including Professionalizing Motherhood, My Hearts At Home, Real Moms…Real Jesus, Living With Less So Your Family Has More, No More Perfect Moms, and her most recent release with her husband Mark, No More Perfect Marriages.

Featured on Focus on the Family,, Family Life Today and Today’s Christian Woman magazine, Jill is the founder of Hearts at Home, an organization that encouraged moms from 1994-2017. Jill and her husband, Mark, have five children, three who are married, two granddaughters and one grandson. They make their home in Normal, Illinois.

My Story

I’m a native of Indianapolis, Indiana where I graduated from Avon High School and obtained my degree in Choral Music Education from Butler University. I married my hubby, Mark, between my freshman and sophomore years of college and by the time I graduated from college I was a mother of two.

After graduation, we moved to Lincoln, Illinois for Mark to pursue full-time ministry at Lincoln Christian College. Unable to find a teaching job in the small community of Lincoln, I began to teach private voice and piano lessons and opened a daycare in my home.

While caring for other people’s children, I found a new value for being at home for a season of time. Eventually we moved to Bloomington, IL where Mark became a staff member of Eastview Christian Church and I eventually launched a moms ministry known as Mom2Mom. During this season, I changed my perspective of what I did everyday from being “just a mom” to being “a woman committed to the profession of motherhood.” This eventually became the foundation for the organization I would soon start called Hearts at Home.

Remembering the teaching conferences I attended as a college student, I began to look for mothering conferences. Finding nothing, I challenged the moms of Mom2Mom to consider producing a conference focused on the profession of motherhood. We began planning the first conference expecting 400 women in attendance. When 1,100 women walked through the doors we knew God had a bigger vision for this than any of us imagined. The organization encouraged thousands of moms for 24 years.

In 2000, Mark and I became church planters, starting Crosswinds Community Church in Bloomington, IL. Mark served as the Senior Pastor of Crosswinds until he transitioned to Teaching Pastor in the summer of 2009. In January 2010, we took a step of faith as Mark transitioned out of church ministry to partner together in encouraging families through our writing and speaking.  Mark also owns his own construction business, Sawhorse Homes, where he enjoys home remodeling, handyman work, countertop installation, and helping people with whatever home projects they want to accomplish.

_dsc8570We have five children. Daughter Anne (32) is married and living Central Illinois with her husband, Matt. She and Matt are the parents of two of our grandchildren, Rilyn and Landon. Evan (30) lives in Los Angeles, CA. Erica (25) is married and lives with her husband, Kendall, and daughter, Marie, in Central Illinois. Nicolai (23) lives in Central Illinois and Austin (21) recently graduated from Moody Bible College and married his new bride, Larisa. 

I have a passion to encourage others! Comfortable _dsc8461in both business and church environments, you can find my speaking schedule and topics here and our marriage seminars here. If you’re looking for our books, you’ll find those here!