“... to equip the saints for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up... to become mature, attaining to the whole measure of Christ.” – Ephesians 4:12-13.
The center of gravity of the Christian faith has been rapidly shifting from the West to the global South, Africa being a key continent of vibrant growth. As part of the vitality, passion for missions from within Africa to reach the world with the Gospel is propelling new church movements and church planting at a rapid pace. After 20+ years teaching in Christian universities in Kenya, Marta has recently been invited by Nairobi Chapel in Nairobi, Kenya, to join the leadership team at the church to teach, train, and mentor emerging young Christian leaders who are dreaming and preparing for team ministries to plant churches all around Kenya and East Africa, as well as across Africa and gateway cities of the world. Besides teaching, mentoring, and guiding practical ministry experiences in a year-long residential program, she is also part of a 12-member team of pastors and lay leaders who provide pastoral care, counsel, and on-going spiritual growth and leadership development for church leaders and their teams who are serving in fledgling church plants in Nairobi and beyond.
Having taught in universities and theological schools in sub-Saharan Africa for the past 20+ years, she still continues to teach part-time in the Masters and PhD programs at International Leadership University, (ILU, formerly the Nairobi International School of Theology (NIST)) and in the D.Min. program at Africa International University (AIU, formerly Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST)), training Christian leaders from around the continent. In addition, she serves on the board of a regional ministry, TLAfrica (Transformational Leadership in Africa) led by former students from Rwanda, who are training grassroots church leaders in Rwanda, DR Congo, Kenya and South Sudan in leadership skills, economic development for sustainable ministries, and reconciliation processes.
At the end of 2015, Marta’s appointment in East Africa was one of the positions discontinued as part of budget cuts within PC(USA) Presbyterian World Mission division. Convinced that God was still calling her to continue on in Kenya, she became a partner with TAP (The Antioch Partners) in July 2016. Marta has two Kenyan children adopted from birth: son Justin (now in university), and daughter Imani (in high school), along with an older foster son, Steven, who has finished university in Kenya and is doing freelance work in IT (Information Technology).
Before Kenya, from 1982 to 1994 Marta served as Director of Campus Ministries at Seattle Pacific University, was a parish associate at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, and continues as a clergy member of Seattle Presbytery. She holds a B.A. degree in art, religious studies and secondary education from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, with a concentration in Christian Formation and Discipleship. Her doctorate (Ed.D. in Educational Leadership) was earned from Seattle University, and she later completed a Postgraduate Diploma in African Studies at Tangaza College in Kenya.
To donate by check to Marta’s Support:
Make checks payable to The Antioch Partners, write “Bennett Support” on memo line and mail to:
7132 Portland Ave., Suite 136
Richfield, MN, 55423