Mary is a trained, trauma-informed Spiritual Director, a Certified Life and Leadership Coach, and a widely published writer with a focus on spiritual and marketplace leadership and soul care. She helps women and men deepen spiritually and live purposeful, expansive lives. She believes the most profound transformation occurs 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, life and leadership coaching, mentoring, sabbatical coaching, writing coaching, and prayer for inner healing. She has been strengthening the souls of leaders for more than two decades.
Mary 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, she coaches emerging and established writers, helping them attain their writing and publishing goals. As a professional writer, Mary writes and publishes widely in the inspirational and business 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. Over the course of her career, Mary served as a regular contributor to Focus on the Family’s flagship website, writing several series of articles on such topics as emotional abuse, conflict resolution, living with chronic pain and illness, and more. She was also a regular contributor 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.
Mary lives on a hobby farm in central North Carolina where she enjoys reading, writing, and tending to the animals on the farm. Her adult son, Richard, and his wife, Diana — both creatives — live and work around New York City.
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