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Marlene Lawson Recommendations

Submitted by LeValley/Berlin Center UM Churches on 10/10/2018

Cindy Taylor

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Marlene did a wonderful job entertaining us. She is a great speaker who taught as well as making me feel that she is approachable and real.

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Jill Bolhuis

I have known Marlene for over twenty years and have had the honor of hearing her speak many times. Marlene is a gifted speaker who is relational and leaves nuggets of Biblical truths. You will never be bored listening to this lovely lady. I highly recommend Marlene!

Submitted by Asap Solutions on 10/26/2023

Pastor Bekki Ewaskowitz

We had Marlene come for a women’s half-day retreat. She was great! Very relatable and funny. She took our theme for the day and focused her talks around it. All of the ladies loved her!

Submitted by Renovation Church on 02/07/2022

Gail Snyder

Marlene was the speaker for a Saturday morning gathering of women of all ages. She was easy to work with, and kept in constant communication with the leaders, as she was eager to deliver what we were looking for. In addition to being fun, Marlene's heart for ministry shone through and her genuine personality made her so relatable to everyone.

Submitted by Renovation Church on 02/06/2022

Jane Perkins, Organizer

Marlene is very easy to listen to and is great at associating Real Life with our spiritual journey

Submitted by Stroh Church Of Christ on 01/22/2022

Carmen Bartholomew

She is wonderful!! Very “real life” presentation, presented in a real life way. She’s funny but serious and sincere and it comes out in her presentation that way. I appreciate her way of showing/saying/doing real. This is the second time that she has come to speak at our ladies outreach event and it has been wonderful both times.

Submitted by Northeastern Baptist Church on 12/10/2021

Dawn Krieger women’s ministry team member

Marlene is an excellent speaker! Her talks fit our conference topic beautifully. She also took the time to meet many of the conference attendees. I highly recommend her for any women’s event!

Submitted by Corinth Reformed Church on 03/11/2020

Jodie Root, Women's Ministry Team

Marlene was the guest speaker for our women's conference of about 80 women in March, 2020. She fit her topic to our preferences, took her references from the Bible, and was an engaging, challenging speaker. She has great, funny stories, and brings them back around with a lesson to make you think. She is very easy going, accommodating, and just great to work with. We thoroughly enjoyed having her with us!

Submitted by Corinth Reformed Church on 03/11/2020

Tim Richardson Director of Developement

Marlene was such an engaging and encouraging speaker for our women’s event. The ladies loved their experience with her. As the coordinator, she was a great pre-event communicator- with no surprises on the day of the event. We look forward to tapping into her talent and love for Christ and others.

Submitted by Gull Lake Ministries on 02/21/2020

Barbara Tanner

Marlene spoke at our Ladies Alive Retreat held at Coldwater, Michigan February 8, 2020. We gave her the theme of "20/20 Vision". Loved her Power Point she put together for her 3 speaking sessions. So down to earth and shares from the heart -- Real Women, Real Life, Real Faith. Loved working with her -- a new friend! Would recommend her for your Ladies Retreat.

Submitted by Ladies Alive on 02/19/2020

Pam Boyer/ Team Player

Shes real/ she says it like it is/shes all about Faith/ all about us as women being real/ sharing real life!..she motivates me to be more down to earth/ letting others see the real me with the not so perfect life...to share we are all in need of Jesus!! I could identify with her/ she was very realatable to me as a woman....felt like she was a person who could understand my needs and not preachy! Really liked her!

Submitted by Ladies Alive on 02/18/2020

Robin Arnold

MS. Marlene Lawson, not only shared from her Heart and the World fo God. But how to walk ,even when you have a crack in your Heart , from the lost of your loved one. On Valentine's Day it is very hard to celebrate. But Ms.Marleen brought Joy and Laughter to all who attended..

Submitted by Woodland Church on 02/14/2020

Misty Reckelhoff

Talk about getting real!!! Felt like Marlene was telling my story! It was so uplifting to hear her speak. She makes you laugh then goes straight into the word. She allows the Holy Spirit to work through her to really challenge you then backs that up with scripture. She stresses the importance of application yet tells you that we need godly relationships in order to carry this out. I cried every session!! Marlene is a gem!

Submitted by Ifca Ladies Retreat on 10/21/2019

Pamela Chapman

Marlene was such a hoot!! Her messages are so moving..

Submitted by Dale Bible Church on 10/21/2019

Debbie Ferguson

Very approachable, humorous, REAL.

Submitted by Dale Bible Church on 10/21/2019

Mary Lou Fulkerson

We have had the privilege to hear Marlene speak on two different occasions. The most recent was a ladies retreat this past weekend. Her straight forward approach to scripture and how it applies to Real Women, Real Life & Real Faith, is incredible. Couple that with her fantastic sense of humor that makes her an absolute joy to not only listen to, but just to be around. I’m not a big reader, but am excited to read her book.

Submitted by Dale Bible Church on 10/21/2019

Jennifer Vaeth

Marlene spoke at our ladies retreat this past weekend. She did an excellent job teaching the Word and keeping us entertained. She is very real just like her message!

Submitted by Dale Bible Church on 10/21/2019

Jenna Halder/ Pastor’s Wife

I highly recommend Marlene for any ladies event! We just came back from a weekend event with ladies from different churches and were so encouraged and challenged in our walk! She has a way to take you from laughing one minute to crying the next! God is really using Marlene to encourage ladies with being real with one another and their struggles in every day life!

Submitted by Dale Bible Church on 10/21/2019

Brenda Ryan - Admin. Prof. Caro United Methodist Church

What a great speaker!!! So engaging and real. Her purpose to share God's love for us is spot on!!!

Submitted by Caro United Methodist Church on 06/03/2019

Karen Wright

I asked Marlene to be the guest speaker for our ladies group consisting of about 40 women with an average age of 89. Even before she spoke she was making friends going from table to table! Her message to this elderly group was inspiring and heartfelt. She had us laughing, crying happy tears, and feeling good about where we are in this season of life. She became our newest BFF! I would highly recommend Marlene... she is an amazing lady!

Submitted by Lakeview Assisted Living on 01/27/2019

Barbara Cootes

Marlene was so entertaining, strong and real!!

Submitted by New Vision Widows Group on 01/26/2019


I have had the pleasure of hearing Marlene speak on several cruises. I have also gotten to know her on a personal level. She is the same person on stage as she is sitting at the table. She is as authentic as they come. Marlene is also approachable and relates well with people. She speaks truth from God's word and encourages those around her to seek a more personal relationship with Christ.
Her take on day to day experiences has helped me to realize that God cares about the little things I go thru.
Marlene will make you laugh, cry and she touch your heart. If you ever have an opportunity to have her at your church or event, you will leave wanting more.

Submitted by Girlville Getaway Crusie on 01/25/2019

Stacy Becktel, QMHS

Marlene has touched my life in so many ways! Her vivacious personality and inspirational love for others shines through when she speaks! Fabulous speaker!

Submitted by Goodwill Industries on 01/25/2019

Jodi Weddington

She was very enjoyable person to get to know. Her real life experience application was excellent. She engaged with the audience well. Her spiritual application was excellent. I would highly recommend having her again.

Submitted by Womens Ministries on 12/14/2018

Shelly Conrad, Office Manager

We had Marlene come for a ladies' Christmas event. She was wonderful! Her speaking was, of course, Christmas-themed, but she reached us with practical, applicable truths and encouraged those who don't know the Saviour to seek Him. She was real and relevant. She showed that the Christian life isn't perfection and peace, but seeking Him and talking Truth to yourself brings peace. She also weaves humor throughout! She had us all laughing at times.

Submitted by Northeastern Baptist Church on 12/12/2018

Chris Gorham, Pastor's Wife

Marlene came to speak at our CCBC 6th Annual Ladies Tea on 12/6/18. She is quite outgoing, funny, but serious when called for. Her message was very timely. Our theme and the title of her talk was "Tis the Season to be stressing...." - what is really important in this Christmas season and Who gives real peace in the midst of stress. I highly recommend Marlene as a speaker for your events.

Submitted by Calvary Chapel Of Battle Creek on 12/11/2018

Crystal- member

I love Marlene’s authentic, down-to-earth style of speaking. She spoke at a women’s Christmas event at our church and we enjoyed her message. She shares real life experiences in a way that is very approachable and relatable. I especially loved hearing about the act of kindness that blessed her family! Truly heartwarming.

Submitted by River Terrace Church on 12/03/2018

Helen Leach

Hi Marlene,
Thanks for a great hour at our MI-AIM conference, I enjoyed your testimony and the wise words of wisdom, and humor you shared. I appreciate you and your ministry and
I'm looking forward to reading your books.

Submitted by Manistee United Methodist Chur on 10/08/2018

Sharon Verduce, Administrative Assistant

Wonderful and Funny speaker. Very much enjoyed her point of view! So glad she came and spoke to our group!!

Submitted by Davisburg Umc on 10/05/2018

Marti Boynton Tamaroglio

Marlene spoke at our Retreat for Michigan Administrators in Ministry, a chapter of PAUMCS, last Monday! She was fabulous! Funny, spiritual, irreverent, uplifting, and just really wonderful and friendly and easy to get to know! I personally purchased both of her books, "The I Peter 3 Girsl" and "Does This Outfit Make Me Look Fat?" and am really looking forward to reading them! I anticipate quoting her often when engaged in bringing God's message to my congregation!
Thanks Marlene! You are awesome!

Submitted by Dearborn First United Methodist Church on 10/05/2018

Jamie Dunn, Administrative Assistant

Marlene is a very engaging speaker and used stories from her life coupled with scripture to great affect. I definitely came away thinking differently about myself and the way I handle my job and attitude towards my role in general.

Submitted by United Methodist Church on 10/05/2018

Pat Matthews

Great talk, wish we would have had more time, we could have listened and talked for all afternoon!

Submitted by Mi-aim on 10/05/2018

Eva Jankowske

Marlene was our guest speaker at our Fall Retreat this past weekend. Her humor and relatable stories were so welcoming and enjoyed by all the attendees. If you are looking for a speaker to keep you in stitches and keep you grounded in the word of Christ then she is the speaker for you.

Submitted by Mi-aim (michigan Administrative Assistants In Ministry) on 10/05/2018

Gayle Farver, President

Thank you Marlene for a great message. Everyone enjoyed the message and has asked for more. Oh how did it pertain to all of us. Thank you for sharing you story with us.

Submitted by Mi-aim, A Chapter Of Paumcs on 10/04/2018

Barb Skirvin, Women's Ministry Director

Marlene was a delight to have as our conference speaker. She was funny, yet well grounded in the word of God. She was easy to work with, very accommodating, and very well liked by all the women! Would not hesitate to recommend her to others, or to use her again at a later date.

Submitted by Michigan District Pentecostal Church Of God on 06/06/2018

Cheryl Hardy, Women's Ministries Co-Ordinator

Marlene spoke at our annual Winter Tea earlier this year. She was exciting, funny and a pleasure to listen to. She really challenged us with what she shared, and we were privileged to have her with us that evening. I would recommend her highly for another event.

Submitted by South Hills Church Of The Nazarene on 06/06/2018

Pat Wilkins, Co—Program Chairman of the Women’s Celebration

Marlene was the speaker for our annual Women’s Celebration, a day we celebrate the women in our church and community, and inspire them to be all they can be as Christian women. Marlene was a total delight, from our back and forth emails planning the event, to her arrival at our celebration! She was wonderful to work with, very prompt on answering all of my emails, and patient as I screwed up some of my messages! She had the group of about 80 women, howling with laughter, seriously soul searching, inspiring us to go to God’s word and really know it, and encouraging us to be o.k. With who are, and encouraged us to get real with each other. We would love to have her back sometime. We would highly recommend her, she has, and is, a real gift!

Submitted by First Church Of Christ, Owosso, Mi on 03/24/2018

Lois Puglisi, Co-coordinator, Womens Ministries' Winter Candlelight Tea

Marlene spoke at our women’s ministries’ annual Winter Candlelight Tea, and the ladies loved her humorous, down-to-earth, and motivational message. Afterward, people told me she had encouraged them to read the Bible more and to “be real” with their sisters in Christ about both their joys and struggles in life. Marlene took care to tailor her presentation to our particular group, and supportively provided a short, energetic video beforehand to help promote the event. She is earnest in her desire to share what it means to walk with Christ through the real issues we face in life, and to encourage women to follow Him wholeheartedly. It was a special and memorable evening for the ladies.

Submitted by South Hills Church Of The Nazarene Women's Ministries on 03/04/2018

Lori Skinner, Women's Ministry Committee member

Marlene is fantastic! Genuine and real! She spoke at our retreat and was a delight! She spent so much time getting to know us before so she could tailor her talk to our needs. She is funny and entertaining along with getting us into God's word and challenging us in our walk with the Lord!

Submitted by Grace Pointe Church on 03/01/2018

Pamela J. Vest

Marlene Lawson spoke at our Christmas Brunch a couple years ago. She was enthusiastic, relatable, and real! I so appreciate her love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the love of the hearts of women. She was a delight to have and look forward to seeing her again.

Submitted by Grace Powell Women’s Christmas Brunch on 02/16/2018

Mina Overmyer, Women’s Ministry Leader

Marlene is funny, fabulous, and filled with truth. She unapologetically shares the Good News. She is relevant, relational, and holds nothing back. She does this through humor and real life examples to reach your heart and point you to Jesus. She can speak to every age group and relate to where they are in life. Every time I hear Marlene speak I am challenged, encouraged, and inspired. She is a source of Truth. If you haven’t heard her speak, you need to!

Submitted by Grace Church on 02/09/2018

Becky aschemenauer

Marlene is a dynamic speaker who walks the talk. Sharing from her heart the real struggles and growth in her life draws women closer to God because of how relatable she is. With wisdom beyond her years knowing she does not have all the answers trusts completely the one who does. She is a blessing to every single person who hears her speak from her heart.

Submitted by Rbm Ministries on 02/08/2018

Linda Fuller; Director of Womens Ministry

We had Marlene Lawson speak at a ladies breakfast at our church and we were so blessed! We had a variety of ages represented and her presentation was applicable to all. We recommend her for any setting! You will love the humor and you will also be encouraged to take your next step with Jesus. We also had her come speak to a smaller group and instruct us on how to mentor other ladies and encourage them without enabling. So helpful!

Submitted by Fairview Missionary Church on 02/05/2018

Carla Jasper. Retreat coordinator

Marlene is relevant, engaging, and entertaining. She values interacting with people and connecting with them in a personal way. Marlene really made an impact on so many ladies during the retreat and continued her relationship with several of them long after the retreat was over. She has a clever way of using family and personal experience to reach people and make them feel like friends, instead of strangers. More importantly, Marlene knows and loves the Word of God and teaches it with reverence and integrity, guiding ladies to answers they need for today.

Submitted by Highland Community Church Wausau Wi on 01/16/2018

Amanda Hughes, Center Director

Marlene spoke at our Autumn Gala 2017, our most significant fundraiser of the year. She did an outstanding job connecting our guests with the vision and ministry. She was funny yet compelling; down to Earth yet visionary. Marlene met with us several times before the event to fully grasp our ministry vision and our event goals. This not only showed us that she was committed to the success of our event, but also gave her the tools to convey our ministy’s importance to our guests at the Gala. She is committed to every task she undertakes and is unwaveringly passionate for the work of the Lord.

Submitted by Alternatives Of Battle Creek on 01/15/2018

Jenna Halder

Marlene spoke at our ladies conference here at our church. She has the amazing ability to make you laugh one minute and cry the next. She is very upbeat and has the ability to engage an audience of all ages. The best part is her ability to be real about her life and her relationship with Jesus. She has a desire to bring everyone closer in their relationship with Christ! Loved hearing her speak!!!

Submitted by Bible Church on 01/15/2018

Lynnette Wonsey, Mother of the Bride

For my daughters Wedding Shower we were going to have over 75 people, so we chose to have a speaker instead of opening gifts. We asked Marlene to speak about marriage and to be an encouragement both to the believer and unbeliever. She did this splendidly and everyone enjoyed the talk. Would highly recommend!

Submitted by Fieldstone Church on 01/08/2018