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Gamm elected to head Presbyterian board

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:14 pm

With no new nominations from the floor and a unanimous vote, the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board elected its new chair and vice chair Feb. 5.

The Rev. Marilyn Gamm will serve a two-year term as the board’s chair, beginning with the adjournment of this summer’s 221st General Assembly and ending with the adjournment of the 222nd Assembly (2016).

Gamm is the interim associate pastor at Crossroads Presby-terian Church in Mequon, Wis., in Milwaukee Presbytery and the Synod of Lakes and Prairies. She has served the mission agency board as vice chair of the Worshiping Communities Commit-tee and as a member of the Mission Develop-ment Resources Committee.

In her application, Gamm was asked to describe the key issues facing the mission agency board in the next two years. She noted “the likely passage of some kind of marriage equality overture and the impact that may have on PC(USA) churches, membership, and per capita income” as a key issue.

When asked how she would respond, she stated, “With regards to marriage equality, I would respond as pastorally as I could, publicly supporting whatever the denominational decision is at the time while respectfully listening to those who disagree.”

Gamm also mentioned the 1001 new worshiping communities initiative; a possible reorganization of synods; and the short-term impact of the Affordable Care Act on the Board of Pensions, congregations and teaching elders as issues facing the board in the future.

In those areas, she intends to respond with continued enthusiasm, pastoral care and respectful dialogue and patience, respectively.