Reverend Dr. Genie V. Martin
I was raised in a family where my dad preached and pastored a church in Greensboro and my mother visited all first time visitors with a gift of her famous ‘sticky buns’.
I went to a small Presbyterian college in Maryville, Tennessee, and then gave a year as a Volunteer in Mission at Chandler Presbyterian Church and Community Center. It was there that I sensed a call into educational ministry. I completed my Masters of Christian Education degree through the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia, doing internships in youth ministry. I then served as a Certified Educator and the Executive Director of Rock Forge Presbyterian Church and Neighborhood House near Morgantown, West Virginia.
After a year of dating as young adults, I married Jack Martin, who was working on his masters and then his doctoral degree in Technology Education through West Virginia University. Three years later we had April (who is now 24 years old and in her second year of graduate school at the Cleveland Institute of Music).
Our second daughter is Dawn who is 23 years old and a ‘middler’ at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Robert is 20 years old and a junior at NC State in the College of Management.
My parents, Bill and Eugenia Varker, live in Greensboro and plan to travel to Whitsett to worship with us.
He is a retired Presbyterian minister and she claims she is the sister, daughter, sister-in-law, wife, mother and grandmother of Presbyterian ministers
In the church, when the going gets tough, sometimes the Christian may be tempted to give up and go home. Jesus knew there would be days like that, so he told his disciples that we’re tied together
like branches on a vine, climbers on a rope, or preschoolers linked together for safety to cross a road. At Springwood Presbyterian Church, we share the love of Jesus Christ through our actions toward our neighbors.
Friends in Christ, we are tied together by the Holy Spirit, who calls us to trust God and move forward on the journey of faith. Amen.