Marj Carpenter

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Marj Carpenter retired in 1994 as a mission interpreter for the Worldwide Ministries division of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Marj Carpenter is a native Texan. She has won countless journalism awards over her 50 years career as a reporter. She began as a cub reporter for The Enterprise in Mercedes, Texas. During her career in the church she traveled to 116 countries where Presbyterians have mission work.

Marj Carpenter served as director of the Presbyterian News Service for 15 years until her retirement in 1994 and then was elected as the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) for a one-year term in 1995.[1] As Moderator, Carpenter served in the church's highest elected position and acted as the ambassador for the Presbyterian Church (USA).

For many years she has maintained a rigorous public speaking schedule, lifting up Presbyterian mission in thousands of congregations, hundreds of presbyteries and countless other church gatherings. She served on several Presbyterian seminary boards and committees. She holds honorary degrees from Austin College, Sherman Texas; Presbyterian College, Clinton South Carolina; and Seoul's Women's University.

Carpenter published two books on mission: "To the Ends of the Earth," and "And a Little Bit Farther"; [2][3] and two books of stories about her experiences as a west Texas newspaper reporter: "Ridin' Fence Volume 1" and "Ridin' Fence Volume 2." [4][5]


  1. ^ Van Marter, Jerry. "Marj Carpenter breaks hip in fall". Presbyterian Church USA website. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  2. ^ " entry for "to the Ends of the Earth"". Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  3. ^ " entry for "And a Little Bit Farther"". Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  4. ^ " entry for "Ridin' Fence Volume 1"". Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  5. ^ " entry for "Ridin' Fence Volume 2"". Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
Religious titles
Preceded by
The Rev. Robert W.Bohl
Moderator of the 207th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
Succeeded by
The Rev. John M. Buchanan