Mary Southerland is an author and speaker. She is also a survivor. Women identify with Mary because she has survived the road of clinical depression, infertility, adoption, full-time ministry, sexual abuse, chronic physical pain, and the daily stress of life. Through God’s power, Mary has emerged stronger and with fresh purpose. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women with a message of hope and equip them with practical truths from God’s Word to face every part of their lives with power.
Mary’s books include Hope in the Midst of Depression, Sandpaper People, Escaping the Stress Trap, Experiencing God’s Power in Your Ministry, and her NEWEST devotional books, Life is So Daily, Volumes 1-2. Mary is the Founder of Journey Ministry and the co-founder of Girlfriends in God.
One of Mary’s greatest pleasures is serving beside and teaching with her husband, Dan, an author, the pastor of Restore Community Church in Shawnee, Kansas, and Church Plant Catalyst for Parkhill Community Church in Parkhill, Kansas. Mary relishes her ministry as a wife, a mother to their two children, Jered and Danna, and Mimi to her six grandchildren.
Mary is addicted to action movies where the good guys always end…and refuses to see any movie that doesn’t have a happy ending. Mary is convinced that Caramel Chocolate with Sea Salt was created just for her. Mary would tell you that the desire of her heart is to leave it all on the playing field of life, skid into heaven with her hair on fire, saying “What a ride, Lord!”
A word from Mary: "The past 18 months have been a nightmare in many ways. Quarantining is not good for people who struggle with depression. Isolation and depression go hand in hand. Our church plant had just launched when the pandemic hit, and since we meet in a school that closed because of Covid, we were forced to switch to online services. We are still struggling to get back to where we started. My speaking ministry took a nose dive when all of my events were cancelled and I have serious doubts that ministry will ever look the same again. When I added shoulder replacement surgery to the mix – and you have the perfect recipe for darkness, doubt and fear. Honestly, I have a lot more questions than I do answers. I also have complete faith that God’s got it and a hope - Jesus is His name."