The Rev Martin B. Copenhaver has been Senior Pastor of Village Church UCC (Wellesley, Massachusetts) since 1994. He leads the church staff and works closely with lay leaders to plan and envision. Preaching is a particular focus of Martin's ministry and he is nationally recognized for his rich and engaging sermons.
Martin is a magna cum laude graduate of Dickinson College and received his Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in 1980. He has been the Senior Pastor of large churches since he was 27 years old, having served congregations in Connecticut, Vermont and Arizona before coming to Village Church.
Martin is the author of five books: Living Faith While Holding Doubts; To Begin at the Beginning: An Introduction to the Christian Faith; Good News in Exile (co-authored with Anthony B. Robinson and William Willimon); Words for the Journey: Letters to Our Teenagers About Life and Faith (co-authored with Anthony B. Robinson), and This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers (co-authored with Lillian Daniel). He writes for a number of periodicals, including The Christian Century, where he also serves as an Editor at Large. Martin serves on the Board of Trustees of Andover Newton Theological School, where he also teaches preaching, and on the Board of Advisors of Yale Divinity School. He and his wife, Karen, an attorney in private practice, have two children: Alanna, who is a student at Yale Divinity School, and Todd, who lives and works in Minneapolis, MN.