Drs. William and Aida Spencer

About the Speakers

Dr. Aida Spencer is experienced in a wide range of teaching and ministry settings. Born and reared in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, she has taught in the Caribbean and in Spanish on various occasions.

Dr. Spencer has worked as a community organizer, social worker, minister and educator in a wide variety of urban settings in New Jersey. She has worked as a member of Community Action and Model Cities, as well as engaging in adult and continuing education. She has taught English as a Second Language and organized Christian outreach at Trenton State Prison and served as the campus chaplain of the College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College).

An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Dr. Spencer is the founding pastor of organization with the Pilgrim Church of Beverly. She is a frequent speaker at churches and conferences and has chaired both the Southeast and Northeast regions of the Evangelical Theological Society. Dr. Spencer has been invited as a visiting scholar at Harvard Divinity School and El Seminario Evangélico of Puerto Rico.

Dr. Spencer also sits on several boards and committees. She is listed in Who's Who in Religion, Contemporary Authors, Who's Who of American Women, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who Among American Teachers and Educators.

Dr. Spencer’s scholarly interests include Paul’s letters, Luke: Luke and Acts, Bible and women’s studies, marriage, suffering, New Testament ministry, literary style, imagery and prayer. Her personal interests include reading fiction, bicycling and gardening.

Dr. William Spencer is the author or editor of twelve books, including two which reviewers have termed the definitive works in their fields, Mysterium and Mystery, and Chanting Down Babylon, as well as nearly 200 published articles, stories, reviews and poems, Dr. William Spencer is recipient of several prizes for writing, including the Earl Bargainner Award of the Popular Culture Association of America and is listed in Contemporary Authors as well as in several Who's Who compilations. He was also awarded the Nancy Higginson Dore Prize for education.

An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), since 1966, he has done urban ministry, college chaplaincy, music and coffee house, literacy and volunteer prison ministries. Since 1974, he has also been teaching graduate level classes as an adjunct at several seminaries. He is a founder of Pilgrim Church, a storefront ministry in Beverly, MA. In addition, he serves voluntarily as its pastor of encouragement.