On February 7th, UBC will celebrate Martha Stearns Marshall Month of Preaching by hosting the new Baptist Women in Ministry executive director, Meredith Stone.
You might be thinking to yourself, “Who the heck is Martha Stearns Marshall? And do we need to celebrate a month of preaching?”
Martha Stearns Marshall served as a Baptist pastor during the eighteenth-century. Along with her husband, David, Martha served the Mohawk Indians. At the start of the French and Indian War, the Marshalls left New England. Settling in Virginia, the couple were influenced by the Philadelphia Baptist Association. During this period, the couple was baptized into the Regular Baptist tradition. They later founded churches in North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia.
Martha is significant because she is a critical female voice rising out of a sea of patriarchy within the Baptist tradition. As Cooperative Baptists, we celebrate women like Martha for giving formation to our faith tradition. She is a pioneer, leading the way for female pastors, preachers, and visionaries.
Since 2007, Baptist Women in Ministry has invited Baptist churches to participate in Martha Stearns Marshall Month of Preaching by having a woman preach during February. This annual event has been a profoundly significant source of joy and discovery for many women and churches.
As the former Associate Dean for Academics and Assistant Professor of Scripture and Ministry at Logsdon Seminary of Hardin-Simmons University, Meredith Stone brings an exciting new chapter to Baptist Women in Ministry (BWIM).
As we look to February 7th, we will have the opportunity to interact with Meredith through an interactive workshop and hear her preach.
We invite you and your Spiritual Formation/Sunday School group to join the interactive workshop at 9:15 am via Zoom, using the Meeting ID 923-023-2464 and the “ubc” password.
Then, at 10:30 am, you are inviting to listen to Meredith bring the morning’s message.
You can learn more about BWIM and Meredith at www.bwim.info.