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Openings: Let the Spirit In

Who We Are

Rev. Mary Beene, M.Div.

Rev. Mary Beene is a life coach, pastor, spiritual director, retreat leader, and speaker. She works with individuals, groups, and churches to deepen their experience of the Divine presence and help them discern God's calling.  She blends her 12+ years of nonprofit management experience with her spiritual training to bring a unique skill set to help those who want to go deeper into their faith and achieve more with their lives and work.   She has a Master of Divinity from Boston University and a Master in Public Administration focusing on Organizational Development and Training from American University. Mary is trained as a spiritual director by the Shalem Institute in Washington, DC and is a Georgia certified civil mediator.

For over ten years, Mary served as pastor, including all types of spiritual care, at Faith Presbyterian Church in Rincon.  She was also very active in Christian retreat and workshop leadership, including retreats for women's groups at Wilmington Island Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church in Savannah and many workshops for Presbyterian Women  groups,  the Association for Smaller Congregations and the Savannah Presbytery's School of the Laity and Leadership Development Conference. 

Prior to entering ministry, she worked in resource development and strategic planning for nonprofit organizations. Since founding Openings:Let the Spirit In in 2015, she has worked with secular and church organizations in the Savannah area and nationwide on vision casting, team-building, fundraising, and leadership growth and development.

In addition to a M.Div from Boston University School of Theology Rev. Beene has an M.P. A. in Organizational Development from American University in Washington, DC. Her special interests include the connection between God's creation and spirituality, creative prayer practices, and spiritual memoir and autobiography.

Our Mission


Openings takes its inspiration from the story of  Lydia in the New Testament book of Acts.  The Lord opened Lydia's heart so that she could accept and understand the Apostle Paul's teachings.


Oh how easy it is to get lost! With our cell phones and iPads, our 24-hour news cycles, there’s virtually nowhere to go for a moment of peace and quiet.


So we founded Openings for people in the Savannah metro area and anywhere else the internet can reach. We provide a place of respite in the tumult of life. So put aside the everyday and find an opening for the Spirit to come in.