Maria and her husband, Craig, moved to a distressed urban Baltimore neighborhood in 1980 to plant Faith Christian Fellowship, a multi-ethnic, socio-economically diverse church committed to ministry in Word and deed. The church presently operates a Christian day school, tutoring program, sports leagues, and other ministries. Her memoir, A Thousand Resurrections, describes what happens when a pastor’s large family meets the grit of the city, weaving together stories of redemption and loss, elation and discouragement, and the ever-elusive quest to balance ministry, marriage, and motherhood.
Maria’s poetry, essays, and nonfiction articles have appeared in many publications, and she enjoys speaking at retreats and conferences (especially when dark chocolate is involved). She loves cheering for church planters through her work with Parakaleo and pointing them to Jesus. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her husband, four adult children, one awesome son-in-law, and her energetic thirteen-year-old.