Born in Alexandria, Virginia, Mother Martha is a life-long Traveler on the Way as well as a life-long Episcopalian with hopes for a wider, more expansive Episcopal Church in the 21st Century.
She was baptized and confirmed at Christ Church, Alexandria where she sang for several years in the junior choir. She attended St Agnes School in Alexandria for twelve years where she graduated in 1976 as valedictorian. She attended Davidson College where she received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude. After attending University of Virginia Law School (J.D.) and New York University Law School (L.LM. in Taxation), she practiced law in Connecticut and as a clerk at the United States Tax Court in Washington, DC.
Martha entered the ordination process in the Diocese of Virginia from St Paul’s, Alexandria in 1990. She attended Virginia Theological Seminary where she graduated with honors in 1995. She was ordained to the Diaconate in June 1995 by the Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee at All Saints, Richmond. She served as an Assistant Rector at St Stephen’s, Richmond where she was ordained to the Priesthood in January 1996. In 1997, she and her family moved to the Diocese of Christ the King, South Africa where she became Priest-in-Charge of St Francis, Walkerville. In August 2000, she returned to the States to become Rector of Memorial Church in Baltimore, Maryland until May of 2014. In the Diocese of Maryland, she has served as Chair of the Commission on Ministry. She was a mentor to the new Episcopal Service Corps of young adults and served as a Deputy to General Convention in Indianapolis in the summer of 2013.
Martha now serves as Interim Rector of Emmanuel Parish in Cumberland, Maryland and serves as Founding Director of Kaleo, Inc. Her passions include walking with others to find their vocations to serve the common good through small group conversation, retreats and pilgrimages. She believes that the 21st century Episcopal Church can become a beacon of this work in an interfaith, diverse world community.
Martha is married to Bryan Kelleher. Martha and Bryan have two children, Jack (age 26) and Anna (age 23). Martha’s interests include hiking, tennis, golf, knitting, gardening and reading.