SOUL Story


The Soul Story


Dr. Maria Pinkston Bazile, President and CEO (Founder)

An undergraduate degree in Journalism from Howard University in Washington, D.C., a Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling from Saint Thomas University in Miami, Florida, and now more recently a Ph.D. in Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida, Maria Pinkston would seem to have lived the perfect life. While in college she interned in New York City with famed African American publicist Terrie Williams, she went on to land her first job as a public relations assistant for boxing promoter Don King.


Maria Pinkston

Her skills lead her to secure a job offer as Account Executive just nine short months after starting her first job. In 1996, she married an old high school boyfriend. The wedding was lavish with over 350 guests in attendance. It was Maria’s fairy tale wedding. But soon, that fairy tale took a dramatic turn into a living nightmare. It ended with thoughts of suicide, depression, death-threats against her, choke holds, intimidation, and fear. Maria survived three and a half years of abuse by her husband. She was finally delivered when her pastor noticed her zombie-like stare one evening during bible study. Up until that point, Maria was the victim of religious scriptural misinterpretation and confusion. A group of Christian wives informed her that she had made a vow before God and that vow cannot be broken. It is for this reason that Maria is now led to end her silence and speak out against abuse.

In March of 2000, she found the courage to leave her abusive spouse and follow the will of God. In fact, during her healing process God told Maria to expose her experience with violence. In March of 2005, God again spoke to her heart and told Maria it was time to begin the journey toward fulfilling his vision for her life. Soon The Soul Sanctuary was registered with the state of Florida, and a few years later nonprofit status was confirmed.

God’s vision is much larger than Maria. It is about the message of hope for women and men of all walks of life who are hurting and brokenhearted but are searching for the truth-VIOLENCE IS WRONG!.

We hope and pray that this website is a blessing to all who read it. In fact, please e-mail to share your thoughts, concerns, and testimonies.

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