Ashley Martinage

Director of Faith Formation


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The very first time I walked in the doors of Rock Spring, sometime in 1995, I felt that I had come home. Having grown up in the Congregational/UCC Church in Maine, the sanctuary felt familiar. The warmth of the congregation and their commitment to social justice told me this was the place for me.

I jumped in with both feet and served on the Christian Education board several times, chaired the Personnel Board and Church Council, taught Sunday School, taught the Our Whole Lives program for middle schoolers, and led the Fifth Sundays Task Force.

Meanwhile, my day job was on Capitol Hill, where I spent 10 years as a Legislative Aide and Chief of Staff serving members of Congress from Maine. Soon after my daughter was born, I decided to “retire” from the Hill and devote myself to full time parenting and volunteering.

As my children grew, my connection to the church deepened. When a very part-time position overseeing children’s ministries came open, I listened deeply and felt a “holy nudge” to apply. The Spirit has continued to move me as the position has expanded over time to the full-time Director of Faith Formation, guiding and developing faith formation programs and ministries for all ages. I have been grateful for the many ways in which this congregation has both nourished and challenged me, and for their openness to engaging their faith in new and different ways.

Many of my formative faith experiences occurred in my home state of Maine, particularly at Pilgrim Lodge, the UCC church camp I attended for 9 years as a camper and several more years as a volunteer counselor. It is there where I first felt the “holy nudges” of a call to share God’s love through ministry with others.

My wife and I parent four teenagers/young adults, and renew ourselves by heading to Maine for a few weeks each summer to our small family cabin on a quiet lake close to Acadia National Park. In addition to sitting on the dock watching the loons, I love to cook, read, take naps, kayak, and play with our beloved dog, Moose.

My preferred pronouns are she/her.