Mary Ethel Eckard is northern-born and southern-bred. Her childhood roots are from York, South Carolina. Her years in ministry have also developed friendships around the world.  Mary’s desire is to see others know God in a personal way and walk in His grace and freedom, by following Christ through the winds of change.

Let Your Light Shine

Mary is the co-founder of Dragonfly Ministries, a ministry dedicated to the spiritual growth and encouragement of God’s children. She travels internationally to speak and teach at conferences, workshops, retreats, and crusades.

Mary has a heart for teaching others how to pursue God, recognize His promptings, and walk in His ways. Her captivating testimony chronicles a journey of relying on God’s guidance to navigate the dark days of life and come out on the other side trusting in His faithfulness.  Her award-winning books, “The Making of a Dragonfly, Following Christ Through the Winds of Change”, and “Lessons of a Dragonfly, Forty Days to a Transformed Life”, are available on Amazon.

Mary’s chief calling is to reflect God’s light.

“Let your light shine before men, that they may  see your good deeds
and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Mary resides in Frisco, Texas near her two daughters Aubrey and Kendall, their husbands, Juan and Jon, and her eight grandchildren! She travels often to Chicago to spend time with friends and her sons, Tyler (and Miranda) and Patrick, and to South Carolina to see extended family and friends. Mary enjoys traveling, teaching, hiking and time with her peeps.

Mary’s Passion

Mary’s greatest passion is to love God and shine His love to others so they are drawn to Him. She shares her life through writing, teaching, and speaking with the hope of bringing spiritual understanding and Biblical application to the everyday challenges and situations of life.


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1 Comment

  • Janet Fittro says:

    Mary Ethel,
    My name is Janet Fittro. During the quarantine of the pandemic, I painted something every day and accompanied it with appropriate scripture and some great quotes.
    On Day 22 I painted a dragonfly. Later I found your book and I have quoted you in what is now becoming a devotional book (a completely God-led event).
    I am writing to you to make certain you are ok with that. I have credited you in the Acknowledgements
    “The dragonfly serves to remind us that we, too can reflect the light of Christ in a darkened world by letting His light shine through us. Often through nature-whether it be a dragonfly, butterfly, rainbow or other elements of His creation, He woos us to gain our attention so our eyes will be turned toward Him.”

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