Dr. Mary E. Ivey is a seminary trained and ordained minister. She is the former Pastor of The Church of God’s Love in Washington, District of Columbia. Dr. Ivey is an accomplished community servant. In 2016, she received Howard University’s School of Divinity “Pillar of Faith” Award. In 2014, she delivered the Opening Prayer for the House of Delegates at the National Medical Association’s (NMA) annual Conference in Honolulu, HI. Additionally, she received the Washington, DC Century Club’s Minister of the Year Award in 2010. In March 2017, the Mayor of Washington appointed her to the District of Columbia’s Commission for Emancipation.
Currently, Dr. Ivey spends the majority of her time as the Founder, President, and CEO of Maine Avenue, Inc./Maine Avenue Ministries, which is the umbrella organization for three community outreach programs: The Annual World Spiritual Leadership and Scholarship Program, The Institute for Spirituality, Education, Health, and Community Fellowship, and most recently the “World LOVE (Let’s Overcome Violence Everywhere); RACE (Reaching Across Colorlines Everywhere); and, GRACE (Great Relationships and Cultural Education) Program.”
Dr. Ivey is the author of two books: “Care Giving and Love : A Resource Guide for Churches, Christian Advocates, Ministries, Health Care Providers, Families and Friends” and “Another Woman at the Well : Truth Reigns Supreme!” She is archived in The History Makers at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
Dr. Ivey is an outstanding preacher, Christian visionary, teacher, lecturer, and motivational speaker at seminars, conventions and related venues. In this capacity, Dr. Ivey has served as an Associate Minister at the historical Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington, D.C., where she was both licensed and ordained. She also served as Chair of Shiloh’s Annual Family Life Training Conference for five consecutive years. Additionally, she served as Assistant Chaplain at Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC, and Board Member at Bonner College in Columbia, SC. Within the DC area, she served as Chaplain for the Washington, DC. Continental Societies, which assists underprivileged children; the Prince George’s County, MD Links, Inc.; and, Chair of the Board of Directors for Access Housing, Inc., which operates the only full service residential facility for homeless men and women veterans in Southeast Washington. She is also a Spiritual Advisor at Potosi Correctional Facility in Mineral Point, MO.
On the local level, Dr. Ivey is a member of several social and civic organizations, including the NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., The Metropolitan Group, The Silhouettes, and The Links, Inc. She has served on the District of Columbia’s Commission for Women, and on the Board for both the District of Columbia Government’s Women’s Health and Nursing Boards. She also served as a board member of the Casa Del Pueblo United Methodist Church in Washington, DC.
She organized and served as Executive Director of the District of Columbia Government’s One Fund Program; she developed the District of Columbia’s First-Five Year Mental Health Program; and the District of Columbia’s Health Across America Program. Dr. Ivey has served as a Government Manager, Administrator and Educator. She has served as a school principal, vice-principal, home-school coordinator and teacher. She is frequently referred to as a “Role Model.” While a student at Wesley Theological Seminary working on her Master of Divinity Degree, she won “The Outstanding Baptist Student” Scholarship Award for her essay on “Why I am A Baptist Woman in a Methodist Seminary.” At the Howard University School of Divinity, she received the Doctor of Ministry Award for her Outstanding Scholarship and Dissertation.
On an international scale, Dr. Ivey has shared her ministry in China, Germany, South America, Egypt, Southeast Asia, Russia, and, both South and West Africa. She was made a Chief of the Uluma Tribe, Delta State of Nigeria, West Africa by His Royal Highness, King Ogbon Ogoni Oghoro.
She is the recipient of many awards for outstanding leadership and distinguished community service!