Clergy and Staff

The Reverend Martha Clark

Rector of St. Augustine's

rector@staugustinesdc.org

Delivering the message

The Reverend Martha Clark spent the first seventeen years of her life as the daughter of Episcopal missionaries in Singapore and the Philippines. After returning to the United States, she 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, Rev. Clark entered seminary at Duke Divinity School, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1992. She was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood and became Vicar of a newly formed Hispanic mission church, La Iglesia de San Andres, in Durham, NC. She was the founding Executive Director of The Hispanic Center, a social service community center attached to the church.

In the mid ‘90s, Rev. Clark and her family moved to 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 Anglican Theological College in Limuru. From Kenya, the family moved to Switzerland and Rev. Clark 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, Rev. Clark worked closely with the Ecumenical Community of English-speaking Churches and the World Council of Churches.

Returning to DC in 2000, Rev. Clark 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, Rev. Clark continued to serve the Diocese of Washington as a supply priest in several Spanish speaking mission congregations. Through this time, she pursued another passion, theatre. For three years, Martha worked as Program Manager for Young Playwright's Theatre and then as Backstage Manager for several productions at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD. Rev. Clark 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, Rev. Clark acted as Coordinator for Faith-Based Initiatives through the Department of Health and Human Service'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, Rev. Clark 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.

Church Musician

Diego Nava

Parish Administrator

Maya Renee Hutchinson

Event Coordinator

Byrul Blaney

Vestry

The Vestry is our administrative body, similar to a Board of Directors, that serve specified terms to help oversee the operations of the church.

  • Cheryl Tyler, Senior Steward
  • James Tyree, Junior Steward
  • Judy Alexander, Clerk
  • Kwasi Holman, Member
  • Monica Evans, Member
  • Virginia Mathis, Member
  • Sarah Buckley, Member
  • Kevin Bliss, Member
  • Corey Katz, Member
  • Bill Kaemmer, Member