Mac Owen is the Celebrate Recovery National Director. Mary is the Celebrate Recovery National Director Training Coach. Mac and Mary were married on December 27, 1976. They have been working together in recovery since 1988. They have shared their testimony to countless people globally in churches, Celebrate Recovery seminars and meetings, mission trip, rehabs, prisons, and festivals. They are sought-after speakers since sharing their testimony in 2008 at Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA to 3,600 leaders from around the world.
Mary Owen was born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana. Mary’s father, the late Alton Howard, was an entrepreneur who in 1946 founded Howard Bros. Jewelers. In 1959, he opened Howard Bros. Discount Stores. In 1969, he started Howard Publishing Co. Their home was also the publishing warehouse. Mary, as a teen, answered the phone to take orders, typed the invoices & would ship cases of books daily after school. Mary transcribed her father’s writings for twenty years. In 2006, they sold Howard Publishing to Simon & Schuster.
Mac Owen was a military child who moved to Monroe, Louisiana during high school. He opened M&M Millworks (cabinet shop) in 1984 and sold his business in 2012 to work full time in ministry. In 1991, both Mac & Mary attended seminary for two years & graduated from White’s Ferry Road School of Biblical Studies. Mac was ordained as an elder at White’s Ferry Road Church in 1995 and served until they moved to Colorado in 2012. Today, Mac is a pastor at Impact Christian Church in Woodland Park, Colorado.
They have been married since 1976 and have three children and ten grandchildren. In 2012 they decided to sell their home in West Monroe, Louisiana to move to the mountains. Their Louisiana home has been transformed into a recovery house for addicts under the ministry, www.Awaken 514.com.
Their testimony is on the Celebrate Recovery Testimonies To Go, Vol. 7-8 DVD. It is also highlighted in the CR books Celebrate Recovery Leader’s Guide (updated version) and Your First Step To Celebrate Recovery published January, 2013. Mac also co-authored, Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotionals with John Baker and Johnny Baker. Mary updated the Celebrate Recovery Advanced Leadership Guide. All are available at saddlebackresources.com.
Dr. Tim Clinton and Dr. Jared Pingleton invited Mac and Mary to partner with AACC by writing a chapter in the book, “The Struggle is Real”. People with concerns like mental health issues, addictions, abuse of all kinds, suicide, domestic violence, cohabitation, and out of wedlock births typically turn first to the church for help. Yet most churches are not equipped to adequately minister to the depth and magnitude of these overwhelming problems. This book was created as a comprehensive resource to provide the church with practical tools to care for these hurting people in a biblically sound and emotionally healthy way. The American Association of Christian Counselors hope and pray this book finds its way into the hands of every pastor, church leader, counselor, and Christian caregiver in America. Because the struggle is real. The struggle is real indeed. Available on Amazon.