Associate for Community Life
The Reverend Martha D. Johns
The Rev. Martha D. Johns has been appointed Associate for Community Life at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, effective September 1, 2016. She was ordained to the diaconate June 7, 2014 and the priesthood on January 17, 2015. Prior to coming to Phoenix, she served at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, and St. John Chrysostom Episcopal Church and School in Rancho Santa Margarita, California.
As a child, Martha moved several times, but always returned to the Chicago area. With a BA from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of Chicago, she moved to Connecticut where the financial world in New York City was an easy commute. She worked for BNY Mellon, ExxonMobil, and American Express. It was during a ten year hiatus from the corporate world, and while raising two children, that her involvement in her community and local Episcopal parish blossomed. She realizes with hindsight that movement toward discerning a call to ordained ministry was occurring during those years.
After returning to work in financial services, a job promotion brought her to Los Angeles in 2006 where she became an active parishioner at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills. She was drawn to jail ministry and became a chaplain to incarcerated women. Along with continuing liturgical ministries, her call was confirmed. She attended Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena and earned an M.Div degree with an emphasis in Anglican Studies. Martha also served as treasurer on the board of The Gooden Center, a Pasadena drug and alcohol rehab center for men, founded by Episcopal Suffragan Bishop Gooden more than 50 years ago.