Planting Seeds of Hope

Oct 14, 2018

by Pamela Deacon-Joyner, board member

As Mary always says, “I LOVE MY JOB!”

There is no one quite like Mary Mortenson! She has served the Lord, Prison Congregations of America, the PCA pastors, inmates, and Board of Directors all with gladness. She has worked tirelessly, faithfully, and with great compassion for the past ten years. Mary has planted seeds of hope and love in our lives, but more importantly in the lives of thousands of incarcerated men and women. Mary is the definition of hospitality, and provides an empathetic ear and encouraging word to so many people within the PCA sphere.

Mary has remained constant in her pursuit of God and to honor Him in all that she does, especially with what the Lord has entrusted to her, Prison Congregations of America. When I first became a PCA board member, or new kid on the block, Mary patiently answered all of my questions while providing encouragement and her feminine charm. What an honor to see Mary answer the call of God with such conviction, especially during the times her heart was broken. We shall always remember the PCA founder and staff members who left this earth too soon: former director and founding member the Rev. Ed Nesselhuf, staff members Joel Cook, Julie Thomas, and Debbie Gallipo.

It always amazes me how things work in the Spirit. Weaknesses are made into strengths, problems find a solution, failures are made into victories, and losses are made into gains. The Kingdom of God works nothing like the kingdom of this world. I am so happy for this, because the Mary Mortensons of this world may not have married Jack Mortenson, and they may not have lived in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and may not have been called to serve the less fortunate.

Now, as she prepares for her next chapter and new opportunities, we wish her Godspeed. 

Category: Leadership

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