Rev. Mary Cantrell is the mother of three children, ages 26, 23 and 12. She received an M.Div. from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, in December of 2001. She entered ministry as a student pastor for another denomination in 1998. In October 2008, she served as a part-time pulpit-supply pastor at Wichita Falls MCC and in March 2009 became a part-time chaplain at United Regional Health Care System in Wichita Falls, Texas. After much discernment, she participated in REVM in 2010 and received an In-Care Status with the UFMCC. As she was working on her MAP during her time In-Care with the UFMCC, she began working as a full-time chaplain. Mary now serves as the Supportive Care Chaplain working in the critical care unit of the hospital as well as with several units. She also serves on the Patient-Centered Care Team and on a subcommittee for employee wellness. Mary also writes quarterly articles for the hospital and creates services of worship for the hospital. Mary was approved for ordination on September 15, 2012, and was ordained on October 7, 2012, at Wichita Falls MCC, as an UFMCC pastor. She currently serves on the Transformative Committee for the Wichita Falls MCC, her church home, and has organized an active Pride Committee for Wichita Falls, Texas. Mary also has extensive training in new-church starts, church-size theory and family systems theory through various organizations.
I first came to MCC Brighton in 2011 when I gave my Daughter a lift to a worship service and I became hooked. During that first service I met the lady that is now my wife.
People describe me as an unconventional Christian, which I think suits me. I call myself a Christian because I follow the teachings and ideals of Jesus Christ but have my own beliefs and theology.
I was elected as the Leader of MCC Brighton in August 2015 and am enjoying the challenges of this new role.
When I am not in church or volunteering in the community I can be found riding my motorbike or playing on my Xbox One.