M. Courtenay Willcox Bio, August 2019

M. Courtenay Willcox lives out her life’s priorities of family, faith, and environment in her activities and involvements. Receiving a Master of Divinity in May from United Lutheran Seminary in Mt. Airy is her most recent life event, and those three years brought public theology to the forefront in her attention and actions. A cradle Presbyterian, Courtenay is a former Moderator of the Presbytery of Philadelphia, and served on the Presbytery’s Commission on Ministry. As a Commissioned Ruling Elder, she has preached in more than thirty local congregations. A life-long member of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, she is part of four-generations of Teaching and Ruling Elders. Her grandfather, Harold T. Smith, was the first associate pastor at BMPC and lived in Converse House in the late 1950s and early 1960s, so for Courtenay, visiting her grandparents was a wonderful coming together of family, church, and God. She is thankful that her church took seriously the promises made at her baptism and helped shape her Christian faith. At BMPC, she especially enjoys working with youth and teaching Confirmation class, moderating the Environmental Justice Committee, and serving on the Eugene C. Bay Fund. She is looking forward to being involved in the life of the Presbytery during Ruth’s sabbatical and Cassie’s maternity leave. Spending time in the Outer Banks with husband Tom, three adult children, a son-in-law and schnoodle is a gratefully received gift. There is nothing like a sunrise walk on the beach!