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Senior Pastor

Dr. Martha Starks is the Senior Pastor of Word of Life Family Worship Center located at 726 East Liberty Street in Salisbury, North Carolina. Prior to accepting the position as Pastor, she served two years as the Assistant Pastor. She has diligently served for 43 years as Senior Pastor.

Dr. Starks is a graduate of Catawba College in Salisbury, and a Biblical Studies graduate from the Institute of Biblical Studies in Lynchburg, Virginia. She received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Union Bible Institute in Durham, North Carolina. Active in the community, she is a member of the North Carolina Chaplaincy Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the One Church One Child Program which partners with the Rowan County Department of Social Services. Dr. Starks is also a member of the Salisbury Interdenominational Minister's Fellowship and serves on the Board of Directors. She is the former Chairman of the Program Services Committee for the New Tomorrows program sponsored through Rowan Helping Ministries. She served for 10 years as an Associate Chaplain at Rowan Regional Medical Center and has served on various other Boards. Her radio broadcast "Victory in the Word" can be heard Monday through Friday at 10:30 a.m. on WOGR 93.3 WordNet Radio Station out of Charlotte or worldwide online at In 1995, Dr. Starks begin a Tuesday Bible Study at 11:00 a.m. In 1999, the Morning Bible Study was moved to Wednesday Morning called "Mid-Day Refreshing".

She is married to Elder Clinton Starks and they are the parents of three children, Pamela, Monica, and Samuel, and have four grandchildren Quintin, Jr., Asha, Simon, and Sanaa. Dr. Starks ministers under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and has seen the Word of Life Family Worship Center congregation grow during her tenure as Pastor. She loves the Lord and is committed to teaching and preaching the Word of God uncompromisingly.

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