Sharon Jaynes – International Speaker and Author,
Co-Founder of Girlfriends in God
If I were building or sprucing up a women’s ministry, I can’t think of any person I would rather have mentoring me than Mary Southerland. Her wealth of knowledge combined with a listening ear and compassionate heart helps women’s ministry directors know that they are not alone. She helps diagnose what needs to be changed and then gives the tools to make it happen.
Shelly Arnold – Women’s Ministry Director, Next Steps Project Manager
Westside Family Church
Mary Southerland has been a huge encouragement to me in my development as a women’s ministry leader. Years ago, Mary saw leadership abilities in me that I had yet to discover. She invited me to partner with her as she led the women’s ministry of Westside Family Church where her husband is the lead pastor – all the time encouraging, growing and developing me. When God led Mary to step out of her leadership role as the Women’s Ministry Director, she invited me to take her place. Mary continued to encourage and mentor me on a regular basis as I stepped into what was sometimes unknown territory. God has blessed me with having such an amazing friend, mentor, leader, and sister in Christ as I now lead the women’s ministry at Westside.
Mamie Rudisill – Women’s Ministry Director of Bethlehem Church, NC
As the new Women’s Ministry Director of our church, it is difficult to express how much I appreciate Mary Southerland and the value I place on her encouragement and advice. Mary is genuine and transparent, and immediately put me at ease when I first contacted her to speak for our largest event of the year. Mary’s knowledge and experience was obvious from our very first conversation – as was her passion for equipping women’s ministry leaders.
Mary’s support in my new leadership role in Women’s Ministry has been significant. She has taught me the importance of modeling leadership with humility and integrity. The fact that Mary offers practical and powerful wisdom based on years of experience as a Women’s Ministry Director is priceless to me. She knows what it takes to build a dynamic women’s ministry from the ground up … because she has done it.
Mary is the total package when it comes to women’s ministry. She is a gifted and dynamic speaker, cherishes her role as a pastor’s wife, and loves nothing more than to see other women in ministry succeed. I am blessed to call her my teacher and my friend.