Meet Mary


Mary J. Scifres is an internationally-recognized pastor, speaker, teacher, and author, bringing both inspiration & expertise for 21st century leadership. With her innate understanding of cultural shifts, Mary strategically guides audiences and organizations to recognize opportunities, inspiring people to embrace those opportunities for engaging new people, inspiring and expanding your impact. 


As a turnaround specialist, consultant, coach, and visionary, trained in both corporate management and church leadership, Mary brings a diverse understanding of both changing culture and organizational development to her writing, speaking, and consulting. Mary has guided conferences, organizations, staff teams, and churches from Massachusetts to Michigan to Texas to Washington. Serving as a leadership and worship consultant and leading churches on both coasts and throughout the Midwest, Mary brings a broad perspective regarding cultural shifts and generational challenges.


Mary Scifres graduated from Boston University with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Sacred Music after completing her Bachelor’s of Arts at the University of Indianapolis.  With post-graduate work in organizational development, evangelism, and leadership from Southern Methodist University, Mary has also trained in corporate coaching and change management techniques under the tutelage of business leaders from Microsoft, Nordstrom, & Boeing.


Rev. Scifres is author of The Gospel According to Beauty & the Beast, Searching for Seekers and Just in Time! Special Services.  Co-author of annual publications Prepare! and The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner, Mary also writes and edits The Abingdon Worship Annual with her husband  B. J. Beu for Abingdon Press. The two have recently published their newest collaboration, It is Communion Sunday Already?! Communion Resources for All Seasons. 


Mary Scifres Ministries is Mary's online worship subscription resource for pastors and worship leaders. Mary's ministry is to inspire those who inspire others through their words and leadership.  

Read Mary’s complete resume here.

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