Martha Stearns Marshall Day of Preaching is an annual event which celebrates God’s work through Baptist women in ministry. In recognition of this special Sunday, Smoke Rise Baptist Church has invited Rev. Lauren Efird to deliver the sermon in both services. Rev. Efird completed her undergraduate work at Campbell University, majoring in religion and psychology. She received a Masters of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School in 2009. During divinity school, Lauren was a Pediatric Chaplain Intern at UNC Hospitals. After graduation from Duke, Lauren completed a year of Clinical Pastoral Education as the Pediatric Chaplain Resident and Pediatric Chaplain Fellow at UNC Hospitals. Rev. Efird currently serves as the Minister of Youth and Congregational Care at Greenwood Forest Baptist Church in Cary, NC. Rev. Efird married her husband, Adam, in 2009, and the couple are the proud parents of son, Isaac.
Please make every effort to be with us for this wonderful opportunity to learn and worship together as we celebrate God’s calling to all people and continue our journey through Epiphany, learning how to Respond to God’s Call in our lives.
Martha Stearns Marshall Month, sponsored by Baptist Women in Ministry each February, celebrates the voices of women in the pulpit. Marshall lived during the 18th century. Along with her husband, she provided leadership and preaching for Baptist churches in North Carolina and Georgia, and even founded the first missionary Baptist church in Georgia. For more detailed information on Martha Stearns Marshall, please visit www.bwim.info.