Mary Linda Morlock is better known simply as “ML” by her friends. But if you were around while she was growing up, you would have heard her mother call her “Pistol!” It seemed her adventurous side brought out her gift for finding trouble. Turns out, that wasn’t her only gift!
It didn’t take her parents long to discover she also had a musical gift when they heard her playing Greensleeves at the young age of four without ever having a piano lesson. Needless to say, they immediately put her under the guidance of a qualified piano teacher.
ML grew up as an Airforce brat, traveling from Alaska to Ohio. She was raised in the United Methodist church and was given the foundation of Jesus from the day she was born. But it was at a very young age that she began to have her own strong encounters with the Lord. Inspired by these encounters, late at night (when she was supposed to be in bed) she would play Keith Green albums, line her stuffed animals and dolls across her bed, and with her hairbrush microphone in hand began to sing and preach to them about her Jesus in hopes that their little, stuffed souls would be saved. Hahaha! Who knew that those moments in her bedroom were the beginning of her destiny? A destiny of singing and teaching to point others to Jesus, and encouraging them to have their
OWN encounters with Him!
Although she was on fire for the Lord, her zeal got interrupted at the age of 16 when her parents divorced after 22 years of marriage. Even though she knew she had a call on her life, she abandoned it and pursued another path to ease her pain. For the next ten years, that path lead to making unwise choices through college and experimenting with narcotics. But the longing in her heart for the things of God were too strong. That longing eventually led her home. At the age of 26, she rededicated her life to Christ and has NEVER chosen a different path since!
She now speaks and sings at conferences, retreats, churches and small gatherings all over. She’s become known as the “Bette Midler in the spirit”. Her song is prophetic in nature, and worshipful from a heart that’s been broken and repaired. When she ministers in music, the Holy Spirit takes you deep into the river. When she ministers through teaching, ML displays a direct, spunky, playful side. Her sense of humor has kept rooms of people laughing and engaged. She says, “God has an incredible sense of humor. He and I laugh together all the time!”
There’s a genuine sincerity and transparency in ML’s persona that puts people at ease. She’s not afraid to expose her own faults to show others a better way….a way that leads them to the arms of Jesus.
ML holds a Master’s degree in Education from Auburn University. Warrr Eagle! She is also currently working on her Doctorate in Theology. She taught in public schools in the southeast for
20 years. She spent three years in Ecuador doing missionary work, teaching in multiple settings on How to Hear the Voice of God, volunteered in a homeless boys’ home, lead worship in several churches while supporting herself as a teacher at Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito, an affluent private institution. (What an adventurous three years!)
ML founded and leads the prison side of
Behind Me Now, a dedicated female ministry focusing on inmate mentorship and those transitioning back into society. Behind Me Now also provides counseling, coaching, and Bible/discipling programs.
Finally, ML is an ordained minister. She is currently a department head at Artists in Christian Testimony, Intl. She is single and resides in Nashville, TN.