Smoke Rise Baptist Church Welcomes Dr. Molly Marshall

molly-marshalDr. Molly T. Marshall is the President and Professor of Theology and Spiritual Formation at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas.  Previously, Dr. Marshall was Associate Professor of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. She has also served as youth minister, campus minister, and pastor in churches across Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Kentucky.

A graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, she received her M.Div. and Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Further graduate work has been completed at Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem; Cambridge University in England; and Princeton Theological Seminary.

Over the past decade, Dr. Marshall has been recognized for her service with the following awards: Whitsitt Baptist Courage Award; The Betty Galloway Advocacy for Women in Ministry Award; Howard Moody Award, Coalition for Baptist Principles; Luther Wesley Smith Education Award; Frankie Huff Granger, Distinguished Mentor Award, Baptist Women in Ministry; and, Luke Mowbray Award for Ecumenical and Interfaith Leadership, American Baptist Churches.

Dr. Marshall is a life-long Baptist, albeit an “ecumaniac” as her students call her for her appreciation of the larger Body of Christ. She is a member of Prairie Baptist Church in Prairie Village, Kansas, which is affiliated with American Baptist Churches. She is an avid tennis fan, a collector and reader of books, and enjoys English choral music. Molly has also
been known to cook world-class chili for friends and family and other brave souls. (Her “Make Your Bed in Sheol” chili will revise your eschatology.) She shares her home with Ellyw, a theologically attentive Welsh Terrier.

Martha Stearns Marshall Sunday

Since 2007, many Baptist churches have participated in Martha Stearns Marshall Sunday, affirming and celebrating Baptist women in ministry.  Martha Stearns Marshall is an eighteenth-century Baptist preacher.  Along with her husband Daniel, Martha would offer eloquent prayers and powerful sermons during her ministry among Virginia, North Carolina,
and Georgia Baptist. The Martha Stearns Marshal l event, named in her honor, has been a deeply significant source of joy and discovery for many women and churches.

At Smoke Rise, we traditionally celebrate Martha Stearns Marshall Sunday on the 1st Sunday of February. This Sunday affirms our congregational conviction that God calls men and women to preach, to teach, to lead, and to serve.

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