A native of Kentucky, Marilyn attended a Catholic church throughout her childhood. At the age of 17, she encountered the saving grace of Jesus at a retreat and gave her heart and life to Him. A passion for the Word and the work of God was birthed in Marilyn’s heart at that time. She moved to Jacksonville, Florida following her graduation from high school, where she met her husband, Mark.
In 1980, they joined First Baptist Church of Jacksonville. Marilyn became the Women’s Ministry Director in 2005, and she currently oversees the Women’s Ministry, as well as the Women’s Adult Sunday School ministries. Her heart’s desire is making disciples through "teaching them all that the Lord has commanded." Her passion to teach the Word in "every-day" life application method is the motivation of her ministry. Her ministry is built on the truths of Colossians 1:29 "Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom that we may present everyone mature in Christ. Marilyn claims the truth of Ephesians 2:8-9: "For by grace you have been saved, through faith, that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one may boast." In 2017, Marilyn received her ACBC Certification and is doing biblical counseling in the church as well.
Marilyn and her husband, Mark, have one daughter, Katie. Their daughter is married to Aaron and they have a two children, Charlotte and Liam. In her spare time, she enjoys being a "Mimi" to her grandchildren, sewing, reading, knitting and walking their dog, Cooper.