The Reverend Martha Clark
Rector of St. Augustine's
The Reverend Martha Clark spent the first seventeen years of her life as the daughter of Episcopal missionaries in Singapore and the Philippines. She returned to the United States, worked with the Community for Creative Non-Violence in Washington, DC, and graduated from Harvard University in 1981 with a BA in Political Philosophy and Religion.
After several years of teaching and starting her own family, Martha entered seminary at Duke Divinity School, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1992. She was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood, becoming Vicar of a newly formed Hispanic mission church, la Iglesia de San Andres, in Durham, North Carolina. She was the founding Executive Director of The Hispanic Center, a social service community center attached to the church.
In the mid ‘90s, Martha and her family moved overseas, living first in Kenya, where she worked with the women clergy in the Diocese of Nairobi. While there, she completed a sabbatical year studying African Church History and African Christian Theology at the AnglicanTheological College in Limuru. Moving to Switzerland, she served for four years as the Assistant Priest of Emmanuel Church, Geneva, a member congregation of the Convocation of American Churches in Europe. While in Geneva, Martha worked closely with the Ecumenical Community of English-speaking Churches and the World Council of Churches.
Returning to DC in 2000, Martha served for two years as the Associate Rector at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in the Dupont Circle area. During a three year hiatus from full-time Parish Ministry, Martha continued to serve the Diocese of Washington as a supply priest in several spanish-speaking mission congregations. Through this time, she pursued another interest: theatre. For three years, Martha worked as Program Manager for Young Playwright's Theatre, an educational theatre company for young people, and then as Backstage Manager for several productions at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD. Martha co-produced Jeff Stetson’s award-winning play "The Meeting" and a dramatic reading of the Passion Narrative at the Washington National Cathedral. In addition, Martha acted as Coordinator for Faith-Based Initiatives out of DHHS's Leadership Campaign on AIDS while serving on the Board of the Episcopal Church's National Episcopal AIDS Coalition.
Rev. Clark came to serve as Priest-in-Charge of St. Augustine’s in Southwest, DC in 1995, leading the church through a process of congregational development and a new building project. Later as Rector, Martha served on the Board of the Washington Episcopal Clergy Association, as a member of the Diocesan Standing Committee, as well as a participant on the Diocesan 2013 Church Planters Academy team. She is currently a supervisor for Field Ed Seminarians from Virginia Theological Seminary and a preaching fellow with the seminary's Deep Calls to Deep preaching program.
Martha is the mother of three grown sons. She lives in the St. Augustine's Southwest DC rectory with her dog, Lucy, and two cats.
Shirli L. Hughes has come to join us from September through December as a music consultant. Shirli will work with us to explore and identify what it means for St. A’s to grow through music as a diverse faith community. Shirli will join us for the first three Sundays of each month, working with us to offer a blended worship experience that brings together the best of traditional Episcopal music and other genres such as: Gospel/Spirituals, Contemporary Praise and Worship, Jazz, International Christian compositions and hymns.
“Shirli L. Hughes is a noted and gifted musician. Her gifts and skills as a singer, songwriter, pianist and arranger, make her a sought after concert artist. She has released three solo inspirational vocal projects and has produced three choral projects as well. She is the proud creator and artistic director of Ovation, a vocal ensemble, comprised of talented soloists who use their collective musical styling to create a sound that is magic to the ears and in heart! Shirli has established herself as a credible, visionary and exciting motivational speaker and workshop facilitator. Shirli is also an anointed spiritual director and her well-crafted spiritual and personal empowerment workshops and seminars are growth opportunities, not to be missed! Shirli’s vision and goal for Ovation is to make music that touches hearts, changes lives
Maya Renee Hutchinson