Marj Carpenter breaks hip in fall

‘What a rotten deal,’ says former GA moderator, news director

January 19, 2010


Marj Carpenter, former General Assembly moderator and former director of the Presbyterian News Service, is recovering in a Big Spring, Texas, hospital from a Dec. 31 fall in her home that resulted in a broken hip.

Originally a stress fracture that went undiagnosed, Carpenter’s injury worsened after she walked around on it for two weeks. “It just kept hurting more and more,” she told the Presbyterian News Service by phone on Jan. 19, “so I went back and they said it was busted up pretty good.”

Carpenter, arguably the best-known Presbyterian in the denomination because of her tireless speaking schedule about Presbyterian mission around the world, had her other hip replaced several years ago.

In the next couple of days, she will move to a rehabilitation facility to continue her recovery. That stay is expected to last two to three weeks before she completes her convalescence at home.

“I’d love any kind of greetings from anybody,” she told PNS. “What a rotten deal!”

Well-wishes can be sent to Marj at Park View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 3200 Parkway, Big Spring, Texas, 79720. Direct phone: (432) 264-1963; Cell phone: (432) 935-1528

  1. One of Marge Carpenter's favorite slogans was, "I am sinfully proud to be a Presbyterian!"


    January 23, 2015

  2. I am looking for more information on Marj Carpenter. Are there any sermons/speeches I can view, etc. I loved her as Moderator of the PCUSA and knowing her thru PW. Our church is doing a series on "Great Sermons/Speeches" and I was sure that there would be something on Marj. Please let me know ASAP. Thank You.

    by Sarah Eller

    August 21, 2014