Name: Martha A. Brown
Atlantic Region Executive Committee Member Role: Chairperson
Previous Roles with AAPC: Secretary
Importance of AAPC: “AAPC provides a professional home where there are ample opportunities for members to continue to develop and grow as pastoral counselors and leaders. The collegiality I have experienced has given me access to people who and information that has helped to make me a more effective counselor and leader. Being part of AAPC is being part of a community whose mission is aligned with my personal conviction that I am to be an agent of healing, wholeness, and hope to those who are experiencing disorientation in their lives, those who desire support as they reorient themselves to new or changing circumstances, and those who are celebrating a new orientation to life that allows them to live more joyfully.”
Biography: Martha A. Brown is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Upon earning a Master of Divinity degree in 1998, she was ordained into Christian ministry that same year. Martha entered the vocation of ordained ministry after having served 28 years as a mathematics educator and school district administrator in that content area.
She has served on various boards, committees, and working groups whose interest is the improvement of the teaching and learning of mathematics. Some of the institutions with which she has partnered include the Maryland State Department of Education, the University of Maryland (College Park), the University of Montana (Missoula), the National Science Foundation, the College Board, ACT, the Annenberg Foundation, and several publishers of K – 12 mathematics textbooks.
Martha remains active in the ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Capital Area. She has served on the Regional Office staff as Associate Regional Minister and she has served as a member of the Regional Board, the Anti-Racism Team, representative to the General Board, and the President of the Ministers’ Association. She has served as a Chairperson of the Regional Minister Search Committee and currently serves as the Moderator for the Regional Church. Martha has also served as a member of the Higher Education Leadership Ministries of the General Church.
She received her certification as a Pastoral Counselor through the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Region of the organization. She has served as secretary and is currently serving as the Chairperson of the region.
Martha is a former Director of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Asbury Methodist Village, a continuing care retirement community in Gaithersburg, Maryland and she continues to serve Henson Valley Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as Associate Pastor.
In addition to the MDiv degree, she holds a Bachelors degree in Mathematics Education from Colorado State University, a Masters degree in Urban Staff Development from Federal City College, a Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling from George Washington University, a PhD in Mathematics Education from American University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling from Wesley Theological Seminary.
Martha is a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a mother, and a really great grandmother. She responds favorably to smiles, 60’s ballads, thoughtful reflections, soft oatmeal raisin cookies, Edy’s Soft Churned vanilla ice cream, sincere compliments, wildflowers, sunsets, and sassafras tea.