Mary Yerkes is a trained spiritual director and mentor, a certified life and leadership coach, an award-winning writer, and a skilled writing coach. People who have worked with Mary describe her as “discerning,” “wise,” “insightful,” “sensitive to the Holy Spirit and others,” and more.

A trauma-informed spiritual director, Mary’s training came through Sustainable Faith, a collective of spiritual directors and pastors working to create a spiritually healthy culture among leaders and their communities. She teaches and speaks on spiritual formation, spiritual disciplines, nurturing a healthy soul, and more.

As a life and leadership coach, Mary received her certifications through the Professional Christian Coaching Institute and The Academies. She coaches clients around diverse topics—transition, vision, mission, leadership and organizational challenges, divorce, and chronic illness, to name a few.

She is an award-winning writer and ghostwriter specializing in writing for the inspirational and general markets. Over the years, she has contributed regularly to Focus on the Family’s flagship website, AG News, and coaching blogs and websites. Additional clips include Christianity Today’s WomenLeaders.com site, CBN.com, Conversations Journal, and many more. Mary also serves as a writing coach for emerging and established writers, helping them write to publish or for pleasure.

She lives on a farm about 50 miles south of Raleigh, NC, where she spends her days working and caring for eight collies, two miniature horses, four Angora rabbits, and a flock of chickens. Mary is a lifelong learner and enjoys reading, taking classes, gourmet coffee, and Walker shortbread cookies.

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