Meet Our Pastoral Staff
The commitment of the staff and leadership at Saints Memorial Baptist Church is at the heart of what makes us a living, thriving church. They are dedicated to serving the community and strengthening the impact of our church on people’s lives.
Rev. Dr. Marsha Brown Woodard
"The Church is called to be a place where we are continually growing to be more like Jesus. It is a place where one can ask the hard questions, even when those questions cannot be easily answered. When the Church is seen as a Becoming Center, then education is where we are stretched and developed."
The Rev. Dr. Marsha Brown Woodard is an ordained American Baptist Minister and also holds ministerial standing with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She has previously served as Pastor and/or a member of the staff in congregations in Pennsylvania and Missouri. She currently serves as Senior Lecturer in Christian Ministries & Director of Supervised Ministries at Palmer Theological Seminary.
She is also a consultant to churches, religious organizations, and human service organizations in the area of Christian Education and Discipleship, administration, especially church administration.
Dr. Woodard’s doctoral work focused on internalized oppression, which is a reasonable response to the inundation of messages that are disempowering and devaluing. Her project utilized a small group that was facilitated through a Midwife Leadership Style that helped African American clergywomen explore these messages. In this participant-centered environment the women were free to share even as if they were gathered around a kitchen table.
She has had other writings appear in various publications, including Church Women magazine, Baptist Leader, and American Baptist Quarterly, as well as in the books Those Preaching Women (Vol. II), Vision of Hope, Can I Get a Witness, Sister to Sister (Vol. 2) and Volume I of Abingdon's African American Preaching series. She is the author of I Was Tired Today and I Choose to Thrive.