When Mary writes lyrics like, "Never once felt you were
good enough," or "I used to sing with an empty phrase," she is
writing from a well-known vantage point. It was in those
deep, broken places that she found her voice and purpose.
Born to a mother who was not ready to be a parent and then faced with unfortunate circumstances in her adoptive home, Mary became convinced that her life on earth was a mistake. Living with the lie that she was unloved and unwanted, she learned something about running away, escaping into drugs and alcohol, making harmful, painfulchoices and living what you think is your dream and still feeling unfulfilled.
Though classically trained, Mary initially pursued
a career in country music, performing in clubs and joining
the Nashville Songwriters Association International.
Relishing the opportunity to hone her craft as a
singer and songwriter, in retrospect she admits that her efforts were all "very
At the invitation of two Christian co-workers, Mary, her two children and fiance attended a play that shared the truth about sin and salvation, resulting in a life-changing night where they accepted Christ as a family. Mary's daughter remembers it as the moment when we were "washed clean."
For the first time in her thirty-four years, it was clear. All the insecurities, addictions, choices and uncertainties converged with God's grace and mercy, giving her the assurance that had eluded her for so long. He would take Mary's past and transform it into a beautiful platform to reach others; though the details were still fuzzy, she knew His plans would be the only plans that would fulfill her.
Realizing that her gifts were from and for God, Mary's
advancement to public ministry began with serving as a
worship leader at The Rock Church in San Diego. God then
began to open numerous doors for her to serve in churches, at women's retreats and other
When a producer from her country music days reached out to her about recording a Christian album, Mary recognized the Lord's timing; He renewed her dreams as an artist and songwriter, but with a new focus: devotion to His work. Six CD's later, her efforts have progressed into full-time ministry using worship, original music, keynote messages and writing to point people directly to Jesus.
Since entering ministry in 2000, she has been honored to lead worship and share
music at events with leading Bible teachers such as
Dr. David Jeremiah, Kay Arthur,
Sheila Walsh, Jen Hatmaker, Dr. Voddie Bauchum, Greg Laurie
and many others. Her work has been recognized on a national
level for both singing and songwriting, which include:
- 2014, 2013 & 2010 Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Female Vocalist of the Year Awards
- 2015, 2014 & 2013 Inspirational Country Music Top 5 Music Evangelist of the Year Nominations
- 2014 Artist Music Guild Album of the Year for "Strong"
- 3 #1 Singles on the ICM Top 100 Chart for "Strong," "Come to the Well," and "Now That I Know Love."
- 2011 Christian Women in Media President's Award
Despite the achievements, Mary knows who graciously provides each and every opportunity, recognizing that the big steps, little steps and even the missteps are critical. As she sings in Well Run Dry: "Lord, here I stand today by the well-spring of Your Love, it's stretching out as far as I can see. God please help to give someone the gift you've given to me."
Taking to heart the verse found in 1 Peter 2:9, "You have
been saved to proclaim the excellencies of Him who called us out
of darkness into His marvelous light," Mary's first charge in
ministry is to share God's Gospel of grace and help others do
the same. It is the mission of her non-profit organization
and is, what she believes to be, the greatest act of love
offered by a Christ follower.
Because of her long journey toward healing and her understanding that "apart from Him we can do nothing," Mary is also passionate about inspiring others to pursue an honest and intimate relationship with Jesus. Through biblically-centered messages and the transparent sharing of her own journey, she tears down walls and challenges audiences to invite Him into the most vulnerable, difficult to reach places of the heart where His truth and revelation can transform their personal stories. Stories that are..... liberated from the past, strong in the present, abounding in love, replenished in hope, sufficient in grace, obedient, compassionate, joy-filled, glorifying to God and eternally influential.
hon-es-ty: fairness, straightforwardness of conduct, adherence to the facts
in-ti-ma-cy: closely aquainted, familiar (syn. cherished, faithful, devoted)
When not traveling and serving in ministry, Mary and her husband Dan enjoy a life filled with family, friends, their furry baby Isaiah, books, movies and as much laughter as possible. In terms of hobbies, Mary confesses that she is a "wanna be" interior decorator, but only has a kitchen because it comes with the house.
The jewelry found on this website and at her resource table helps support Magpie Madness who contributes a portion of all proceeds to aiding Women's Ministry at Adavancing Native Missions. In addition, Mary enjoys working with Recovery and Healing Ministries, Pregnacy Care Centers, Foster Care programs or any Christian organization who advocates for the voiceless, at-risk and broken.
If you are planning an event, retreat or worship service and are looking for a singer, speaker or both, please visit the Booking Info page for a full list of topics or connect with Mary through the Contact page.
"He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5b).