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Martha Sterns Marshall Sunday

Martha Sterns Marshall Sunday is a special Celebration of Baptist Women in Ministry. Ms. Marshall was an 18th century Baptist who preached with her husband and was actually jailed in Virginia for refusing to stop preaching the gospel. At Smoke Rise, we remember her legacy and we recognize that God calls men and women to serve and lead in our congregation.

The first Sunday in February marks this celebration, and our church will welcome the Rev. Deborah Reaves to lead us in worship. Please mark your calendars and plan to be present for this special day.

Rev. Deborah Gaddis Reeves, M.Div., BCC

FullSizeRender (1)Deborah is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University. She was ordained in 2006 by Boiling Springs Baptist Church in North Carolina, and is endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. She is a board certified chaplain through Board of Chaplaincy Certification, Inc., and is a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains. Deborah has served as a minister to children and families at a church in North Carolina, as a chaplain to disaster survivors in Mississippi and Louisiana, as the Director of Ministerial Referral Services at GWU School of Divinity, as a hospital chaplain in North Carolina and Texas, and most recently as a hospice chaplain.

Originally from North Carolina, Deborah met Stephen Reeves, a native Texan, at a CBF Current retreat on social justice. They were married in 2008. Deborah and Stephen relocated to Georgia from their home in Texas two years ago for Stephen to serve as the Associate Coordinator of Partnerships and Advocacy for CBF. In July 2014, Deborah and Stephen welcomed the birth of their daughter, Kellyn Avery, who quickly became the greatest shared joy of their lives.

(Due to software problems the Cross Tie printed publication will be a few days late getting to your mailbox, but you can view the online publication by clicking here! )

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