Pastoral Resident, 1st Year
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Even behind a mask, the first thing people tend to notice about Martha is that she’s smiling. Leading with warmth, Martha has always loved being around people and is fascinated by their stories. While this first led her to work as a newspaper reporter and producer, Martha took a job at her church doing ministry with young people in 2018. From there, she started to more fully explore her call to ministry, becoming a member-in-discernment in the UCC and graduating summa cum laude from Boston University School of Theology as a Sacred Worth fellow.
Martha is a natural connector, and her pastoral theology is based on the model of the early church. She believes that pastors are called to serve the church and the world, while being community with – not apart from or above – their congregation. She is passionate about queer inclusion in the church, particularly when it comes to young people. Many of her fondest childhood church memories are centered around youth group service trips in Appalachia, intergenerational gatherings (with food, of course), and dog-washing fundraisers.
Martha previously served as the Youth and Young Adult Ministries Leader at Old South Church in Boston and an Assistant Interfaith Chaplain at Emerson College. She is an educational advisor for a Trauma Responsive Congregations grant from the Lilly Endowment.
Martha is originally from Maryland, but has lived in the Greater Boston area since 2013 and now considers herself a dual citizen Marylander and Bay Stater. She lives in Dedham with her husband (Greg), dog (Dorothy), cat (Penny), and guinea pig (Teddy). She reads voraciously and would love to talk to you about the latest book she’s devoured.