About Minister Mary Edwards

In 2007, Dr. Mary Edwards wrote her autobiography, Born Grown. She shares with the reader how, at the age of 13, she became a mother the same day she lost her virginity. The school was horrified. Edwards was an honor roll student when this happened. The school predicted that now she would become just another negative welfare statistic. But God had a different plan.

At the age of 33, Edwards accepted Jesus Christ into her life. He changed man's doomsday prophecy for her into His divine destiny. Indeed, she has been on many rolls, but not the welfare rolls. Instead, she has received recognition from her city, county, governor, and even the President of The United States for her community work, including that of establishing programs to get mothers off the welfare rolls.

If you ask Edwards how she defied the odds, she will tell you that the day she heard the indictment against her she said within herself, "No. I'm better than that." At that point, she began to write the script for her life, not the way it was, but the way she wanted it to be. She gives God all the glory! She truly knows that without Him she can do nothing.

She is the co-founder of Joy of Jesus Ministries in Detroit; founder of Widows With Wisdom and The Called and Ready Writers.

Dr. Mary Edwards resides in Detroit and attends New Prospect MBC, Pastor Wilma R. Johnson. She is a mother, grandmother, great grandmother and the widow of the esteemed Reverend Eddie K. Edwards.


Awards and Recognition




Consultant for study conducted on Capital Hill: "The Root Cause of Substance Abuse"