Martha Sherman Knight
Martha is a life long United Methodist with an academic background in Psychology and Financial Management of Non-Profit organizations. After 19 years in business-related non-profits she took a leap-of-faith to join the Finance staff of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference as Associate Financial Officer.
Using skills gathered and practiced as Director of Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in a wireless communications trade-association; she directed the design and implemented the first fully integrated, remote access, computer network; implemented new financial and database software system; supported the Trustees in all conference property matters; and managed administrative services.
At the end of six years, when the Treasurer departed, she moved into that annual conference role as the Director of Finance and Administration, CFO. For the next six years she greatly enjoyed interacting with local church pastors, local church Finance Committees, reporting financial information to the Council on Finance and Administration, Conference Trustees and the Board of Pensions. She also functioned as the Chief Benefits Officer responsible administering Health Insurance and Pensions for 1,500 active and retired clergy, the conference staff and their families.
She most enjoyed talking with local churches about the purpose and importance of connectional apportionment giving; gathering, analyzing and interpreting local church statistics; teaching local church financial management; learning about the General Agencies of the UMC; and working in a community of faith. During this time her own faith grew and deepened in ways she could not have anticipated.
At the same time, her blended family was growing. Married to Ken Knight for 13 years, she has three step children and four grandchildren. She considers her family to be the best gift God has ever given to her.
Second only to her family, is the abundant opportunity God has brought her, to serve Him, His church and His people. The ongoing chance to serve, to be in ministry, is what led to her current position as Treasurer of United Methodist Women. In this role she provides direction in the management of the precious gifts from United Methodist Women, given to help other women, children and youth around the world.
She credits her parents for their strong belief in participating and contributing to the life of their home Methodist church, in the Virginia Annual Conference. Looking back at their rich church life, she now sees that what was a great foundation in faith, was also a foundation for what would become her chosen career.
Education and Training
Graduated from Hampton High School, with honors.
Graduated from Earlham College, Richmond Indiana with degree in Psychology
Concentrations in child psychology and physiological psychology.
Practicum work: London, England with Autistic children
Post graduate Coursework and Training in:
Non-Profit Financial Management
Non-profit Board Leadership
Human Resources Administration
Pension and Health Insurance Administration
Hay System Performance and Salary Management Systems
Computer operations and System Design, from IBM
Computer Network Administration – Novell
Computer Network Administration – Windows
Network Architecture Design
Shelby Church Management Accounting Software