mks headshotMartha Spong is an author, a pastor, and a clergy coach. Her latest book, Denial is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith), coauthored with Rachel G. Hackenberg, explores what happens when you feel you have failed at faith, or the faith you have been taught has failed you, telling stories about illness, abuse, divorce, and coming out in conversation with scripture.

Martha is the Executive Director of RevGalBlogPals, an ecumenical ministry providing support and resources to clergywomen around the world and across and beyond denominations, and the editor of There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, a collection of essays more than fifty clergywomen.

Martha has a coaching practice focused on empowering clergywomen to meet their goals in leadership and life. She lives with her family in South Central Pennsylvania.


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  1. Oh Martha, thank you so much – really from the bottom of my heart for this most recent post about “Old Wive’s Tales”!!!! I cannot tell you how important I think your message is! I’ve shared with everyone I know. You’ve said perfectly what the rest of us can’t articulate! You are amazing! Thank you again for saying what I could not!!!


  2. Martha- I am so grateful for the many gifts your words bring to me. The inspiration I find in your story and your interpretation of the timeless stories of our faith are, quite simply, what I desperately need right now as I seek the peace I know God wants for me. Thank you, and I thank God for you.


  3. Hey, Martha! Greetings from a fellow Project Plus resident from W&M.

    I’m now a pastor of Loch Willow Presbyterian Church in Churchville, VA.
    We’ve just finished the spring quarter of The Present Word in our adult Sunday School class, and week after week, the students and teachers kept saying things like, “I really like the way this writer puts things.” I’ve never heard them comment like that on any quarter’s lessons.
    You really made an impression on them. And I had to brag, saying, “I knew her when we were younger.”

    Thank you for your work, and God bless you.

    Reed Hopkins

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    1. Reed, thank you so much for passing along their kind words. I always worry that people who knew me at W&M will remember an underachieving dreamer who minored in playing Bridge. It’s nice to get another chance to make a more positive impression.
      Blessings on your ministry,


  4. I would love to have permission to use Narrative Lectionary Advent Wreath liturgies in my small, Presbyterian (USA) churches in Millersburg, OH. I couldn’t find your email to ask that way 🙂


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