Titusville City Council recognized the work of Canon Martha Ishman at Monday’s meeting. Mayor Jon Crouch read a proclamation listing many of the accomplishments of the Reverend of the St. James Memorial Episcopal Church who is stepping down at the end of the year.
“Martha Ishman exemplified what it means to serve courageously and live faithfully. She will be missed,” Crouch said.
Ishman, who gave the prayer at the start of Monday's meeting, has served in Titusville since 2011. During that time she is credited with the restoration projects at St. James, including the stonework, renovating the stained glass windows and saving the pipe organ.
Crouch also praised her work with the soup kitchen and shelter. “She really cares for those in need whether they are parishioners or not.”
A 1998 graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, Ishman says she has always been passionate about small churches, according to an article on the church’s website. “Small churches are embedded in their communities and in many ways are too resilient to fail. But with well-formed clergy leadership, these congregations can be a powerful voice for change.”
There will be a reception for her following an organ recital on Saturday at the church. Logan Hamilton will perform at 2 p.m. The event is free.
Her last sermon will be January 8.