Meet Mary Sorrentino ~ Associate Coach
So much of life is wrapped up in relationship, isn’t it? That’s really what it’s all about. Good relational bonds make a marriage, a friendship, a family, even a business work so much better. And our relationship with God, well that’s essential to everything! It’s no different with life coaching. Coaching is all about people connecting in a unique type of relationship. So to get ours off to a good start, allow me to tell you a bit about myself and how, or more importantly, why Christian Life Coaching has become my passion.
I’m Mary Sorrentino, a Certified Professional Life Coach, and my journey into this world of Christian Life Coaching really began many years ago. Throughout my life’s journey, God has given me a passion for finding joy that He has tenaciously kept burning over the years. As I met and ministered to people just like you and me ~ people seeking to find God’s purpose and joy in the midst of sometimes extremely difficult life circumstances ~ I found that those who served, worked, and loved so fervently also asked hard questions like “Where is the joy? How do I find peace in the midst of these hard times? Is there a purpose in all this?”
Like so many others, I too have gone through extremely difficult times in my life, struggling with what I call secret pain ~ the kinds of things we keep inside not knowing if even our best friends would understand. Some of us have family members who live with severe depression or alcoholism. In other families, loved ones are addicted to drugs, pornography or gambling. Still others are facing serious financial difficulties or chronic illness. But no matter what we face in this life, I am convinced God wants to give us exactly what He promises in His Word ~ A Hope and a Future ~ Joy Unspeakable ~ and more.
That is why as a professional life coach who served for over twenty years in various leadership roles in Christian women’s ministries, I am excited to see how God is using my life experiences and training to help bring joy and hope to those who intentionally seek Him through the wonderful profession of Christian Life Coaching. My work in ministry has given me a wealth of experience in coaching, mentoring, teaching and ministry leadership. In addition, I served for over fifteen years in corporate management, building teams and coaching my employees both professionally and personally. My passion for excellence and dedication to professional integrity has led me to affiliate myself with the most reputable worldwide coaching organizations in both the Christian and secular arenas. I am a member of the Christian Coaches Network, the International Coach Federation and the American Association of Christian Counselors. I am committed to the highest professional standards of ethics and education, receiving my training and certification through the Professional Christian Coaching Institute where I am also a faculty member.
On a personal note, I was born in the Chicago suburbs where I grew up, raised my family, went back to college to study Information Systems Management, and built my professional business career. It was there that I also came to know the Lord in the early 1980’s when our family was seeking “something real” to give to our baby daughter. We moved to the Atlanta, Georgia area about 13 years ago and are now, as they say, “Northern by birth ~ Southern by the Grace of God.” It is beautiful here and I’m happy to say the whole family is now in Atlanta; my wonderful husband, beautiful grown daughter and our black lab, Abraham. Yes, there is a story here ~ Abraham is a rescue dog, and became part of our family during a particularly difficult period in my life when God was encouraging and teaching me some incredible life lessons. It was during those times that passages of scripture I had read, probably dozens of times before, seemed to just jump off of the page ~ shaping my life from that time forward.
It was Romans 4:18-21 that became my life verse, and gave our black lab his name. Against all hope, Abraham, in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be’. Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead–since he was about a hundred years old–and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. Just like many of us, Abraham faced what seemed to be impossible circumstances, yet he didn’t sugar coat the truth. Verse 19 says he “faced the fact that his body was as good as dead.” That sounds pretty realistic, doesn’t it? And yet, he didn’t see things just through the eyes of this world. He knew what he had been promised. And more than that, he knew Who had given him the promise. And because his hope was in a mighty God, he believed ~ against all hope. He believed that God had the power to do exactly what He said He was going to do.
It’s that belief in God’s power to do what He promises that allowed me to find joy in the midst of one of the most difficult times in my life. And it’s that hope against all hope and being fully persuaded that will allow you to find joy, purpose and peace in your life’s journey as well ~ whether you are in the midst of a storm or sailing on peaceful waters. As your Life Coach I promise to be, not an expert or a teacher, but a partner ~ to help you ask the right questions and seek new adventures on your journey with God. And my prayer for you is that through life coaching you would move closer to the joy and purpose God planned for you even before you were created. It would be my privilege to walk alongside of you on your journey.
Mary’s Professional Qualifications:
- Certified Professional Life Coach, Professional Christian Coaching Institute
- Member, International Coach Federation
- Member, Christian Coaches Network
- Member, American Association of Christian Counselors
- Author, Joy on Purpose ~ Reclaiming God’s Gift of Joy; Joy in the Battle ~ A Christian Woman’s Strength for Spiritual War.
- Faculty Instructor, Professional Christian Coaching Institute
- Professional Speaker