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Mary Southerland is a dynamic communicator, delivering a powerful message that changes lives. She will make you laugh, cry and walk away thirsting for more. Through warmth, humor, transparency, and solid Biblical teaching, Mary leads women to discover the powerful truth of God’s Word and motivates them to apply it in their daily lives.


An international speaker, Mary has spoken to thousands of women across the United States, Latin America, Mexico, New Zealand, India, Thailand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.


Women identify with Mary, because she has not only survived the road of clinical depression, infertility, adoption, full-time ministry, sexual abuse, childhood trauma, and the daily stress of life, but has learned to thrive in the midst of life’s greatest storms.


Through God’s power, Mary has emerged with joy, strength, and victory. She has also worked “in the trenches” with pastor’s wives and women’s ministry leaders through conferences, retreats, and one-on-one mentoring. In fact, you can check out her NEW MINISTRY, Friends for the Journey.


Friends for the Journey is a Skype ministry for women who want one-on-one time with Mary. It is for pastor's wives in need of encouragement and direction, women who want to speak and write but don't really know how to get started, women's ministry directors who need help building a team, and even women who are struggling with depression. If you need time with someone who has been where you are and will share her journey with you, check out this new part of Mary's ministry. Need more info? Email Mary at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Mary's Books include:


Hope in the Midst of Depression

Sandpaper People

Escaping the Stress Trap

Experiencing God's Power in Your Ministry

Trusting God

Knowing God by Name

10-Day Trust Adventure

Fit for Life


Mary also writes a Weekly Online Bible Study, Light for the Journey, for women who struggle to have a daily quiet time. Mary says, "I know what it is like to fight that daily battle! This Bible Study is something women can do every day. It doesn't take a lot of time ... but it will definitely show you how to study the Bible and apply it in practical ways.


Mary is also the Co-founder of Girlfriends in God, a conference and devotion ministry, working with noted author, Sharon Jaynes and award winning composer, musician, author, and worship leader, Gwen Smith to encourage women across the world to connect with God and with each other.

  • Crosswalk.com, the largest Christian website in the world, and Bible Gateway host the daily devotions with over 1,500,000 readers. You can check their conference schedule and sign up for their free devotions at www.girlfriendsingod.com.







if you ask Mary who she really is, she will tell you that she finds her greatest joy serving and teaching beside her husband, Dan, who is the Lead Teaching Pastor at Westside Family Church in Lenexa, Kansas and the author of Transitioning: Leading Your Church Through Change.


Mary relishes her ministry as a wife, a mother to their two children, Jered and Danna, and Mimi to her six grandchildren, Jaydan, Lelia, Justus, Hudson, Mo, and Norii.







Kay Warren

“Mary Southerland is a one–of–a–kind woman...extraordinary wife, mom, pastor’s wife, Bible teacher,
author, and friend. Don’t let her tiny stature fool you—she is a powerhouse!

When she speaks or writes about her life, her ministry experiences, and her faith in God, people are moved emotionally, challenged spiritually, and inspired to go out into the world and live passionately for Jesus. I love Mary, and you will, too!"

--Kay War
ren, wife of Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, author of "The Purpose Driven Life."