bio.

mary kathryn tyson was raised in the south right smack dab in the middle of her two sisters (who have never quite known what to do with her) by her mom and seven aunts. she would later attend a women’s college. suffice it to say, she knows women well (and men, not at all).

she is admittedly quirky, creative, socially awkward and a tiny bit neurotic.

but she is free.

and she is in love.

free by a grace only offered by the creator of the universe. by a kindness that leads one to repentance. by a love that knows no bounds, conditions or measure. in love with her maker, the lover of her soul.

mary kathryn loves to love. her heart’s greatest passion is to minister to broken hearts of women who love god and lead them to a place of freedom and {self} forgiveness. to help them receive lavish gifts of mercy & grace from abba father. to invite them to take one step closer toward uncovering their own beauty where ashes once lay.

mk is fun and funny, quick-witted and cute-to-boot. she brings the gospel alive by telling the truth of god’s story through the wisdom, illustration & humor of her own hard-earned lessons (and as few clichés as possible).

mary kathryn was raised in a dysfunctional family full of united methodist rogues ministers who love god, move in the holy spirit and are comfortable with their scars, loving others because of their own. it comes as no surprise that the lord would also call her to retreat ministry as she grew up at aqueduct conference center, founded in 1973 by her grandfather and father in chapel hill, nc (which she happens to think is The Best Place in the World).

mk likes to read, write, work out, paint, draw, act, tap dance, sculpt and make things up in the kitchen. she adores pouring out her affection onto jesus through singing and trying to play the guitar. she has girlfriends the world over and would rather be on a comfy couch with any of them than anywhere else. she delights in being a woman. her laughter is contagious. her guilty pleasure is reality tv.

at the beginning of 2008, mary kathryn and The Cutest Dog in the World, zella, moved to eastern north carolina to help her younger sister raise her niece. (she discovered her heart’s capacity for love quickly expanded following the birth of her older sister’s son and daughter, both in the last two years.) after teaching english as a second language and painting faces as a make-up artist for several years, she relocated to tulsa at the beginning of 2013 to do that which she is born to do. she is currently pursuing a master of divinity degree even as her call to ministry unfolds daily.

and still, what she loves most in the world is loving well on people when they invite her to come spend time with them. she is available to come do that for you and your people. to inquire, please contact her at marykathryntyson(at)gmail(dot)com.

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p.s. she has some really wonderful friends who {she didn’t ask to} say nice things about her or just mention her at random:

leigh      amanda     liz     roni     keri     heatherly     laurie     roni (again)

37 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ash
    Jul 12, 2010 @ 12:11:24

    You are precious!

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  2. Melodramamma
    Jul 12, 2010 @ 20:48:47

    Yay! so glad to find your blog. Love those photos.

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    • mary kathryn tyson
      Jul 12, 2010 @ 22:24:07

      thank you, laura! i started it years ago but only just started really paying attention to it after reading other blogs like yours! you are still one of the funniest girls i know! xo

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  3. Jenny
    Jul 17, 2010 @ 09:14:46

    Oh MK! I just found your blog via Facebook…you are an amazing writer! I love you and your heart my sweet sister!

    J

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  4. B. Hetz
    Jul 19, 2010 @ 22:15:25

    Mary Kathryn, I was looking on facebook and saw you had a blog and then I read your blog on “the story of grace”. I wanted to say that I LOVE this blog. Pure, flowing, creativity. It’s a wonderfully brilliant visual expression of a sliver of what’s going on in your mind and I am most certainly a big fan! That particular blog was incredible and the linking was fantastic to Dustin’s entry. Great job and although I have no clue what you are talking about on fb, I get a good chuckle at the play by play commentary from you and your peeps on what I assume is the bachelorette……haha too funny!

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    • mary kathryn tyson
      Jul 19, 2010 @ 23:06:20

      haaaa! brian, THANK YOU! i am so honored that you found it and read through it and love it so much. (and that you aren’t annoyed by my out-of-control facebook page on monday nights!) great hearing from you! hope you and your family are doing well. xo

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  5. Rebecca Clendenin
    Aug 26, 2010 @ 09:48:41

    I have discovered your blog thanks to FB! ;) you are so wonderful, MK! and so free!! love it.

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  7. Pilar
    Sep 15, 2010 @ 22:02:27

    Thank you…what a treasure you are and so deeply happy for your Life…one moment at a time…

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    • mary kathryn tyson
      Oct 01, 2010 @ 13:14:14

      pp-head, i’m just now seeing this – thank you so much! oh, the day you helped me move into main dorm…who knew? i will ever be thankful for the gift of your sweet friendship. love you!

      xo

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  9. Dave
    Oct 21, 2010 @ 15:40:01

    Will cross post blogs if you’re interested.

    dp

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    • mary kathryn tyson
      Oct 21, 2010 @ 15:55:39

      oh, that would be great! thanks, dave! i don’t know how well you know the britt’s, the family who runs merritt’s, but my dad and bobby had been best friends since kindergarten. (my dad passed away last year.) i’m actually doing a cross-reference post tomorrow, so that would be a perfect one to include you in, if that’s okay!

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  10. Dave
    Oct 21, 2010 @ 17:58:07

    It’s okay. You’re up on mine….Tomorrow, the Roast Grill in downtown Raleigh. Hot Wieners! Adam Richman of Man V. Food stopped there and downed 17 of them….Good stuff.

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  11. kfsullivan
    Nov 06, 2010 @ 14:28:52

    I sure have enjoyed reading your blog this past hour or so. I just “stumbled” across it…I moved through several blogs I had not read before to notice your name before a comment- I honestly didn’t even read the whole of your comment. Your name just sort of shouted,” click on this.”

    I have been through a great deal of what you have described – especially the cultic stuff, southern, charismatic style. I am as removed as one can be who is married in to the family that once perpetrated most of the craziness, at least the part I didn’t offer up myself. Things ministry wise collapsed long ago. The leader, my brother in law by marriage, died – young. Most of us have shaken ourselves free in Christ’s mercy. But it was a crazy way to spend my 20′-30′s.

    I have processed a great deal, forgiven much, embraced a God better than I at one time believed Him to be. Healing has come in many, many ways. I presently help with a youth quasi-leadership initiative at our church. It has been a huge blessing. Part of our program is quite contemplative in nature. We are working through the Ignaitian exercises. This is an Assembly of God – no normal one- church in Alabama of all places. You’ve got to smile hearing that. Working through the exercises this summer, I have often seen the stains of those years in the (ultraviolet) light of Christ. It’s time to address some of those things which remain. I may well be healthy enough now for the surgery.

    I cannot tell you how good it feels to stumble upon you: not angry, flourishing with humor and grace and lots of good old common sense restored to you. I see a great deal of myself in you: bright, hungry for God, artistic, willing to play second fiddle to just get to play.

    You give me courage to press those places free of pain yet resident and guilts yet released to God’s goodness.

    You have another reader, a very thankful one.

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    • mary kathryn tyson
      Nov 06, 2010 @ 18:39:32

      i am sitting in my apartment, mouth agape. you are so, so precious, and i am so, so thankful for you and for your words and for where you are and that you would have somehow stumbled across my path.

      i am running late (always) for a wedding shower now, but i ran over for a hot second to your blog which, with this message you’ve left here – i love your writing style and your heart of where you are in the journey.

      girl, it took A LOT of therapy (and bar-hopping…and then aa) to shake free of that crap. i only get angry when i hear of things like that happening to other people but i know it’s only because the lord hates injustice, too, so i feel it’s more of a righteous anger. i’m so glad you are free from it. don’t worry about the rest, god will take care of that. he didn’t bring you out of it to not heal you up from it and you will be better for it and, like you mentioned in your blog, you will recognize the battle scars in others.

      i look forward to coming back to your page later. as it is, i need to re-paint the barn. :)

      xo

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  12. LAURA
    Nov 21, 2010 @ 10:29:27

    Beautiful.

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  15. Kimberly
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 21:02:07

    I came across your blog while looking for a photo of Made to Crave bookcover. I have just started this book with some friends and I believe this is a missing key to my success. I enjoyed your comments and will look for you on facebook. God bless.
    Sisters in Christ, Kimberly

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  16. Tay
    Apr 13, 2011 @ 22:04:59

    I love how free and full of grace you live. I hope to be like you when I grow up :) Thank you for encouraging me to live like Him everyday.

    God bless, Tay

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  17. Margarette
    May 16, 2011 @ 14:27:18

    Love it, MK!

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  20. snickeringcorpses
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 07:28:07

    Another NC Christian blogger! We’re starting to become numerous. I don’t see Relevant Brokenness on your blog roll (not mine, but another of us NC folk). I think you’d find Marni’s fitting with your list. http://www.relevantbrokenness.com

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  26. Marybeth
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 11:01:15

    So fun! I love the bio. New follower, and cannot wait for some fun refreshment and encouragement in my day!

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