“... 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.
After leading several student mission teams to West Africa and other regions of the world, and doing part of her doctoral research in East Africa, Marta moved to Nairobi, Kenya in 1994 to join the faculty of Daystar University. As a PC(USA) mission co-worker, she began at Daystar as the first ever Director of Student Development, plus taught in Biblical and Theological Studies. Later she became Dean of Postgraduate Studies, teaching in both Christian Ministries and leadership courses. In 2006, Marta left Daystar to join nearby International Leadership University, (ILU, formerly the Nairobi International School of Theology (NIST)), to head of the Department of Leadership Studies. Students at ILU come from all across the continent of Africa, and are seasoned pastors, young leaders, Christian professionals, government leaders, and church and community workers. Though most are Kenyan, many from outside come from war-torn areas such as South Sudan and the eastern region of DR Congo, and these Christian leaders come with great commitment, passion and vision as they seek to become better equipped to make a difference back in their homelands.
Besides teaching and overseeing the PhD Leadership program, she advises and mentors students, leads discipleship groups, and serves in her local church and neighborhood. Marta also has the opportunity to travel to train leaders in Burundi, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, and elsewhere throughout the year.
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 and is busy setting up small businesses in IT (Information Technology) in Kenya and Tanzania.
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, accredited through St. Mary’s University in Minnesota.
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