The Rev. Donna Marsh first came to NPC as a seminary intern in the summer of 1996, and her sense of call to NPC has been growing ever since. Donna became a Parish Associate at NPC in 2007, and joined the paid pastoral staff in 2008. Her current role includes pastoral responsibility for all Serve Ministries, and some aspects of Care Ministries, including Deacons and Connections.
Donna is a lifelong Presbyterian. Her personal faith deepened at Smith College, where she majored in History and East Asian Studies, studied in mainland China, and was a deacon of the Chapel.
Donna moved to Washington in 1991 to become the Development Director of the U.S. Committee for Refugees, which gave her the opportunity to visit refugee sites in Hong Kong, Thailand, Cambodia and Sudan.
She attended Princeton Seminary with a Presbyterian Leadership Award fellowship, and received the Watermulder Prize for Leadership at graduation. During her seminary years, Donna served as a chaplain at a soup kitchen, and did Clinical Pastoral Education at Georgetown University Hospital. Rev. Marsh was ordained as the Associate Pastor of Darnestown Presbyterian Church in 2000.
Donna has served as the Chair of National Capital Presbytery’s Church Development Committee, as a member of the Presbytery Council, as a commissioner to the 2006 PC(USA) General Assembly, and as a member of the Presbytery’s Permanent Judicial Commission. She currently serves on the seminary’s Alumni Association Executive Council, and on the board of the Fellowship Community.
Donna lives in Bethesda with her husband Ken and their two daughters: Lauren, age 11 and Jamie, 8.