Margot Starbuck

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With a fresh blend of insight, humor, and creativity Margot engages audiences as she points them toward the person of Jesus. Margot comments, “I’m convinced that individuals are transformed as they come to know, in their bones, Jesus’ constant whisper, ‘I am for you’.” She is the author of The Girl in the Orange Dress: Searching for a Father Who Does Not Fail and Unsqueezed: Springing Free From Skinny Jeans, Nose Jobs, Highlights and Stilettos (InterVarsity Press).

The Girl in the Orange Dress, a spiritual memoir, describes Margot’s journey growing up as an adopted person and eventually finding her birthparents as a young adult. In the midst of facing some of her early losses, she at last comes to know the Father’s faithfulness in her bones. Unsqueezed, sharing a fresh perspective on body image, deals with our culture’s nutty insistence that the bodies God calls good were made to be viewed. (In fact, God gave them for relationship. Surprise!)

Today’s Christian Woman, Relevant, Susie, Adoptive Families, Focus on the Family, and Rev!, are some other places you may have seen Margot’s writing. She’s a contributor to several book compilations and is the Confessions Editor for Geez magazine’s Sinner’s Corner.

Margot is passionate about equipping Jesus-followers, in practical daily ways, to pattern their lives after his. Both young people and older ones will glean new possibilities for discipleship from Margot’s messages. One woman comments, “I left the retreat wanting to be the woman God created me to be, not the woman the world tells me I should be.”

Margot earned her bachelor’s degree from Westmont College in 1991 as an art major. She worked with Urban Promise Ministries, in Camden, New Jersey, before receiving a Master’s of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1995. She worked for six years as the Director of Spiritual Development at the Eastern Christian Children’s Retreat in Wyckoff, New Jersey, serving women and men living with disabilities.

Margot lives with her husband, Peter, and their three children in Durham, North Carolina. Never accused of being a serious cyclist, Margot enjoys riding her daisy-covered cruiser around town. She also likes hanging out with teens living with and without disabilities through Reality Ministries.


Young Life Women’s Weekend at Windy Gap, NC
Wheaton College Chapel, Wheaton, IL
Duke University InterVarsity, Durham, NC
First Presbyterian Church of Winston-Salem NC
Friends University, Wichita, KS
Urban Promise Ministry Summit, Camden, NJ
Grace Covenant Women’s Retreat, Virginia Beach, VA
North Carolina MOPs groups
American Adoption Congress, Boston, MA
Duke Youth Academy, Durham
Princeton Institute for Youth Ministry, Port Jervis, NY


“I heard Margot speak this weekend at a retreat, and I was hanging on her every word. Not only is she flat-out hilarious, but she speaks about Jesus in her down-to-earth style. Margot is vulnerable, captivating and passionate. The biblical truths I learned this weekend will impact me forever. I would never miss a chance to hear Margot speak. It’s a gift!” Dana Martin, Charleston SC

“Margot speaks and teaches from her heart and in doing so ministered to our hearts. With enthusiasm, creativity, and openness to the Spirit, Margot used her incredible gifts to make our retreat one the best we’ve experienced in over 20 years.”
Mike Horne,Winston-Salem, NC Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem NC

“Enjoyed you this past weekend in Montreat. I nearly peed in my pants a couple of times. Seriously.”
J. Smith, Summerville, SC


Take a peek at Margot’s site to view her current speaking topics which include Unsqueezed: Freed for Life That Really is Life, and IM4U: Living Into the Truth That God is With You and For You!

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