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Featherston, Martha S. (July 18, 1932-) | Special Collections & University Archives

Name: Featherston, Martha S. (July 18, 1932-)
Fuller Form: Martha Sconiers Featherston

Historical Note:

Martha Sconiers Featherston, founder and president of Inter-Faith Prayer Fellowship, was born in Bellwood, Alabama on July 18th, 1932 along with her twin sister, Mamie Sconiers Leonard, as the third child to Ruben and Avie Sconiers. She grew up in Panama City, Florida where her father founded Antioch C.O.G.I.C. and where she began her church activities. In her early 20s she lived briefly in Newark, New Jersey. By 1955 she had moved to Long Beach, California. In 1958 she married Kenneth Featherston and moved to San Diego.

Featherson has a practical nursing certificate, an asssociate's in arts in Merchandising Management from San Diego City College, and in 1980 received a Real Estate Brokers License from the State of California. She has served in many positions in both the church and government. She is affiliated with ITC Club, the Project Restore of the Black Federation, Women’s Ministerial Fellowship, and is a member of the NAACP.

After a pilgrimage to Israel, Featherston was inspired to found Inter-Faith Prayer Fellowship, a multi-denominational Christian group focused on the power of prayer to strengthen and heal people, in San Diego in 1983. The group is primarily led by women. The Shut-in Prayer Ministry, an organization focusing on praying for shut-ins was founded in the same year in Los Angeles by Mamie Leonard. The Inter-Faith Prayer Fellowship and Shut-In Prayer Ministry are collectively referred to as the Twin Ministries.

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