Marlene Lawson is a professional speaker, author, trained Biblical Counselor, and certified Christian Life Coach. With more than 35 years of ministry experience, she brings humor and practical life application to Biblical principles.

Marlene’s mission is to challenge women to seek, find, and live out their full potential in Christ. She is a regular speaker at women's events across the country and serves on the Girlville Getaway cruise speaking team with Servant Heart Ministries. She most recently served as Ministry Network director for CityLinC Ministries.

She laughs and loves alongside her husband, Len, in an old farmhouse full of children and grandchildren in Michigan. Thanks to her family, friends, living arrangements, and upbringing, Marlene is never short on embarrassing stories or lessons she’s learned the hard way.

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Most requested speaking topics:

Real Women, Real Life, Real Faith

  • Based on her book “Does This Outfit Make Me Look Fat? Real Women, Real Life, Real Faith” – a humorous and candid take on being a woman, dealing with real life and living out real faith and learning how to let God use us even in the middle of our hot mess – going from Diva to Divine!
  • 1 to 3 sessions/broad enough to be tailored to most women’s themes

Shut Up, Girlfriend!

  • Most of us have a hard time knowing when to turn off our mouths – With a mixture of humor and straight talk, Marlene delivers a candid message, speaking from experience, lessons learned from 40yrs of married life and the true stories shared in her book, “The 1st Peter 3 Girls: Sisterhood of Tragedy, Triumph and God’s Amazing Grace.”
  • 1 to 3 sessions with a marriage role focus – can be tailored for single/engaged/married women

More Than Just A Parade -or- Tis The Season To Be Stressing!

  • The perfect, fun yet meaningful, presentation for your Thanksgiving/Christmas season ladies event with a real honest look at why we do what we do during the holiday season and how to slow it down and enjoy what’s really important!
  • 1 session

*Marlene is happy to work with you to tailor a presentation to fit your specific event*


Marlene is a voice you can trust and a woman who can relate to any woman’s battle. Not only is she very real, she has a very real relationship with her Lord that can be seen by the way she loves others. She is a trophy of God’s grace and a gift to all who have the honor and privilege of watching her walk out her faith. I have been a speaker and author for more than 24 years it is very rare that I find someone as extraordinary as Marlene. She is a voice of truth you can trust.

Sheri Rose Shepherd
Best selling author and speaker


Marlene will have you laughing up a storm, but behind all the fun is a woman who loves God and brings common sense to everyday life. With Marlene, it’s all about fun and faith!

Dr. Linda Mintle
Author, speaker, and BeliefNet blogger


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!!!

Jenna Halder


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!

Mina Overmyer
Women's Ministry Leader, Grace Church, Grainger, IN


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.

Pamela Vest

Marlene Lawson was the answer to prayer for our Banquet. We had gardening theme and some scriptures we wanted included and she created a perfect match, right down to the outfit she wore. Our ladies loved her!

Lois Voss
Lockwood Community Church, Angola, IN


I highly recommend Marlene Lawson to speak at your next event. Marlene is wonderfully motivating. She is very straightforward and has the rare ability to be authentically transparent while communicating clearly the transforming power of Jesus.

Marlene is blatantly courageous and inspiring, becoming an author and sought after motivational speaker. Marlene’s message is that everyone has their issues and nobody is perfect but God can use you just the way He made you. I have personally been moved and motivated by her presentations and writings. I strongly recommend Marlene Lawson as a motivation and inspirational speaker. She will inspire and motivate all audiences.

Rev. Don Jackson
Oakwood Community Church, Ortonville, MI


It is an honor for me to whole-heartedly recommend Marlene Lawson for your speaking engagement. As a pastor’s wife and as a coordinator of ministry, I have had the opportunity, through the years, to schedule Marlene to speak in varying venues for women of all ages. Marlene has consistently been flexible to work with, as her heart’s desire is to come alongside your planned activities and to compliment your ministry goals.

There is no doubt in my mind that Marlene will present Biblical truths in a personal, relevant, upbeat, and humorous manner, relatable to your audience. She will not come to you as one who desires to impart her wealth of life’s situations and wisdom, but rather as a humble vessel, wanting to be used by the Lord, to point others to Him. At your event, you will find Marlene personally interacting with the participants and truly savoring the opportunity to be with you.

Julie Jackson
Oakwood Community Church, Ortonville, MI


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.

Becky Aschemenauer