Director of Supervised Ministries and Affiliate in Christian Ministry
M.Div.: Colgate Rochester Divinity School
B.A.: Middlebury College
"The value of practicing ministry under competent supervision was a highlight of my seminary training which I never forgot. Throughout over 25 years in the pastorate, having seminarians as pastoral interns was always a fulfilling ministry both for me and for the congregations. Helping Palmer students discover God's particular call on their life through both the internships we offer (one is a clinical internship) and helping them develop the skills that make them effective in ministry and in life gives me great satisfaction and joy."
Elizabeth (Beth) Congdon-Martin comes to Palmer from the pastorate, bringing knowledge, care and vision for the local church and community-based ministries. Beth served two pastorates from 1974 to 2000 and Interm Pastorates in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Andover Newton Theological School and as hospital chaplain at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Massachusetts. Beth joined the Palmer faculty in 2001 as an adjunct in Theological Field Education, and became an Affiliate in Christian Ministries in 2003. In 2004 she was named Director of Supervised Ministries.
During her tenure, Supervised Ministries has grown in outreach to the Philadelphia area community. Geographically, the internship possibilities have extended also into New York, Central and Western Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. Students now have access to more than 300 certified supervisors who are ready to mentor them in their pastoral internships. The program features a faithful cohort of Theological Field Education faculty who reflect the diversity of the Palmer student body. As developed in the school's new curriculum, the department fully supports student choice in the variety of ways the required internships may be fulfilled.
Beth enjoys her role as Sacramental Minister at her home church, collecting art, and hanging out with friends and her growing family.