"And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God... to those who are the called according to His purpose."
“Rev. Mary” as she is affectionately called was ordained in November 1995 by the United Church of Christ to serve as an associate pastor of a local church alongside her husband, Rev. Donald J. Fairley..
Pastor, preacher, teacher, evangelist, counselor, administrator, organizer, retreat facilitator and advocate of women and children, Rev. Mary’s duties stretched her mind, heart and spirit as she served as minister and consultant for several organizations in the church, while teaching concurrently in the Chicago Public School system for over twenty years.
In addition to serving in the local church, Rev. Mary’s ministry extends to the wider church as she has been called to preach, teach and minister throughout the continental United States, as well as in Jamaica and South America.
Though recently retired from teaching middle school for the district of Chicago, God has her in what she likes to call “the no longer and the not yet”, and so she continues to study and be stretched by the Word, and the work God has invited her to share with Him—- whenever and wherever that may be.
She presently serves and ministers as one of the associate pastors at Faith Movers Church, in University Park, Illinois, where Moses B. Herring, is the Founding and Senior Pastor.
She is in the process of finishing a book on the sexual abuse, misuse and blame of girls and women in the Bible.
In all of this, God’s richest blessings to her are—- her husband, Rev. Donald Fairley, their children and grandchildren.