Congregational Ministries Publishing taps Malinda Spencer

Experienced church educator called to promote and interpret PC(USA) curriculum

April 13, 2016

Malinda Spencer.

Malinda Spencer. —Photo provided


Ruling Elder Malinda Spencer, a Christian educator and a past president of the Presbyterian Association of Resource Centers, has been named associate for Curricula Training and Promotion for the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Congregational Ministries Publishing (CMP).

In her new role, Spencer will work to grow and nurture CMP’s customer base by resourcing and supporting PC(USA) mid councils and ecumenical entities. She will also serve as a member of the curriculum development team with related editorial review and writing responsibilities.

“We are thrilled to welcome Malinda to the Congregational Ministries Publishing team,” said Mark Hinds, Ed.D., interim publisher for CMP. “She brings a strong track record of promoting and interpreting our curricular resources for congregations in Heartland Presbytery. She will now provide the same ministry to the whole church.”

Spencer holds a B.S. in education from Missouri State University and has done graduate work at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. She has served as Christian educator for Heartland Presbytery since 2006. In her service to Heartland, she had primary responsibility for the presbytery resource center, training and consulting with congregations on their education programs, and participating in planning Christian education events. Before her most recent position, Spencer served as educator for congregations in Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri.

“Not only is our denominational curriculum connective, but it is also a great equalizer of small, large, rural, urban, suburban, and other varieties of churches,” Spencer said. “Through our curriculum, we have a unique opportunity to tell our story in an excellent way. In my new role, I look forward to bringing awareness to Congregational Ministries Publishing's exemplary curricular resources."

Spencer, who succeeds Candace Hill following her retirement from CMP last year, will assume her new responsibilities on May 10.

  1. Congratulations,Malinda........what a great + for thePCUSA........they are lucky to be getting you!

    by Karen Calvin

    April 28, 2016

  2. Whoa - sorry I missed this announcement, and Really sorry I missed the party! Congratulations! Hurray for you! But you'll still be available to work on PWHP committees in your spare time, right?! xxx Gail c.

    by Gail H Cunningham

    April 27, 2016

  3. You have helped us at First Independence on numerous occasions, and we shall miss your helpfulness! Congratulations!

    by Emily Hollembaek

    April 21, 2016

  4. Malinda, it has been awesome working with you when we needed material for Sunday school and VBS. Your knowledge helped me find just the right thing, for our church. We especially enjoyed, If You Want to Walk on the Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat. Blessings on your new mission!

    by Vivian Hartzler Hunt

    April 21, 2016

  5. Congrats Malinda!!! You will be such an asset to the ministry. I look forward to working with you in this capacity....Blessings, Sidney

    by Sidney Fisher

    April 21, 2016

  6. Malinda has been such a gift to Heartland Presbytery. CMP will be blessed to have her. Thank you Malinda!

    by Connie Happell

    April 20, 2016

  7. Congratulations to an extraordinary woman. You will do great at this position, but we will miss you at Heartland Presbytery.

    by Teresa Clark

    April 18, 2016