Maria V. Bower is a former US Navy Health Information Systems Officer and founder of FAITH VS. WEIGHT, a Christian-based weight loss program currently taught at Prestonwood Baptist Church. A National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer specializing in weight loss, behavioral change, fitness nutrition, women’s fitness, and group fitness, she has also served as a YMCA LIVESTRONG cancer survivor trainer. Bower earned her MBA from The George Washington University. She is the author of Faith vs. Weight: Magnifying the Glory of God by Reclaiming Your Energy to Serve the Kingdom. Bower lives in Texas with her husband, whom she met while serving as a Military Social Aide at The White House. Their family includes two sons, two Australian shepherds, and four Koi. She loves reading, singing, swimming, boxing, and participating in 5Ks. She is a born-again Christian.