Mary is passionate about helping church and marketplace leaders cultivate spiritual transformation and healthy, sustainable spirituality. She believes the most profound transformation comes when we quiet ourselves to listen attentively to God, to others, and to the stirrings of our heart and soul.
Trained at Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction and School for Contemplative Living, the Institute of Life Coach Training (ILCT), the Professional Christian Coaching Institute (PCCI), and The Academies, Mary offers spiritual direction, leadership coaching, mentoring, sabbatical coaching, and prayer for inner healing. She has been strengthening leaders in their spiritual journeys since 1980.
She also serves as a spiritual director and coach for the Vining Center. The Center supports the Christian community by providing coaching, classes, and resources inspired by monastic and Celtic traditions to strengthen personal and communal connection with God through spiritual practice.
In addition, Mary writes and publishes widely in the inspirational and general markets. Her article, “Alone in Marriage: How Church Leaders Can Support Spiritually Single Women,” for WomenLeaders.com, a publication of Christianity Today, was named one of the top ten articles women leaders should read in 2015. She served as a regular contributor to Focus on the Family’s flagship website, and wrote several article series on such topics as emotional abuse in the local church, conflict resolution, living with chronic pain and illness, and more. She has also contributed regularly to AG News, the official news source of the Assemblies of God. Mary’s work has also appeared in The Journal of Biblical Counseling, On Mission Magazine, Christian Coaching Magazine, Conversations Journal, and other print and online publications.
She lives on a hobby farm in rural North Carolina where she spends her days serving clients, writing, and tending to the animals on the farm. Her adult son, Richard, and his wife, Diana, both creatives, live and work in New York City.