MARY LYNN CRIDER
I was born on May 19, 1949 to Grace and Joe Holloway. My parents were always faithful to attend Church and they taught me at an early age to love God’s house and God’s people. I was blessed by God with a loving family that both practiced and exhibited the love of God. I am eternally grateful for parents who instilled into me the values and principles that have guided and guarded my life since I was a child.
When I was nine years old, I accepted Christ while attending a Vacation Bible School at Crown View Baptist Church. I was later baptized at the Poplar Springs Baptist Church where my parents were members. I can honestly say that that was the wisest and best decision I have ever made in life.
While attending Poplar Springs Baptist, I met and married Tommy Crider on February 3, 1968. We have been happily married for 51 years. God has not blessed us with any children but He has blessed us with countless friends and a wonderful life.
I grew up in Dalton, Georgia where I attended the local schools and later graduated from Dalton High School in 1967. Later I enrolled in Tennessee Temple University and majored in Psychology. I also attended decorating classes at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I have made it a habit to continue my education on my own as things of interest appealed to me.
My husband and I currently own Crider’s Interior Decorating, Inc. This company does consulting work in the field of commercial and residential interior design. We have previously owned and operated the Sundial Gifts, Inc. and Ruth & Doyle’s Florist, Inc. We have been in business since we were nineteen years old.
Over 25 years ago God allowed me to begin the MLC Ladies Retreats. This Ladies conference meets each year in November in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The purpose of this organization is to help women meet the challenging needs of their life and to encourage them in their walk with God. I speak at ladies meetings, conferences, and retreats all across the Southeast. As I speak to ladies, I draw from the vast amount of experience, both professionally and spiritually, to address the needs of my audience. God has given me a loving heart for women’s ministries and He has enabled me to reach out to ladies with the gospel of Christ. A gospel that always gives hope and help to receptive hearts. If there are any accomp-lishments or glory from my labors, I owe it all to Christ.
My husband and I currently make our home in Rocky Face, Georgia. We are members of the Grove Level Baptist Church in Dalton, Georgia. Dr. Charlie Bridges is our pastor.