Mary J. Yerkes is an award-winning writer, speaker, and certified spiritual director, located in Northern Virginia. She also mentors church and marketplace leaders with a special focus on cultivating deepening intimacy with God, emotionally healthy spirituality, and sustainable rhythms of life and leadership.
“One of my life’s greatest joys is accompanying leaders as they journey toward deepening intimacy with God,” Mary says. Many describe her presence as “healing” and conversations with Mary as “freeing.” Others value her discernment, insight, and words of liberating truth.
Mary lives with a number of chronic illnesses, which challenge her physically but deepen her spiritually. She avoids simplistic answers and spiritual Band-Aids that often hurt more than heal. Accepting of mystery, she strives to embrace Presence over answers when life is hard.
She lives with her husband Paul in Northern Virginia. Together, they have one son, Ricky, and a daughter-in-law, Diana. Mary is a lifelong learner and loves reading, intimate conversations over meals, and adventures with her collies, Zeke and Lexi.