The Rev. Martha Spong

Denomination: United Church of Christ (UCC)


The Rev. Martha Spong is a writer, a pastor, and a clergy coach. Her  book, Denial is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith), coauthored with Rachel G. Hackenberg, was published by Church Publishing, Inc.

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 (SkyLight Paths, 2015), a collection of essays by members of the RevGalBlogPals web ring.

Martha has a leadership coaching practice focused on empowering clergy to meet their goals in leadership and life. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, she has served congregations of diverse size and situation as both a settled and intentional interim pastor, in Maine and Pennsylvania.

Her avocations include knitting socks, rooting for the Washington Nationals, and singing along with musicals. A native of Virginia, Martha lives in South Central Pennsylvania with her wife, who is a Presbyterian Church (USA) pastor. They have four "hers and hers" children, from a 7th grader to three who have flown the nest for Los Angeles, Boston, and Tokushima, Japan.


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Martha Spong: All in the Same Boat

Tuesday June 19, 2018
In her sermon on Mark 4:35-41, the Rev. Martha Spong reminds us that we weren’t in that boat in that storm, so the disciples' fearful response is understandable. Maybe we need to remember the times we’ve called out for help and wondered if God cared, and to admit that in the middle of such moments, even when help has come, we haven’t always recognized it immediately--or perhaps even appreciated it.