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Marilyn Gamm makes strides as Presbyterian Church leader

Posted on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Marilyn Gamm, interim associate pastor of Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Mequon, Wis. and Bowling Green native, is the new chair of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) Board.

Gamm, who is no stranger to new roles, took the stage as the new chair of the PMA Board, succeeding the Rev. Matt Schramm, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Bay City, Mich., who completes his two-year term as chair with the adjournment of the 221st General Assembly.

During a brief ceremony, Gamm received a stole and cross from Schramm.

“There’s one unique thing to share about this cross, it’s on a shoestring, much like the work of the board,” he said to laughter. “It’s a constant challenge to inspire, equip, and connect Presbyterians to serve Christ in the world and to do it sometimes on a shoestring.”

After noting that she had “big but also creative … shoes to fill,” Gamm said that she was honored to have been elected by the PMA Board and to serve as chair for the next two years.

Gamm has been a member of the PMA Board since February 2012. Most recently she has served as vice chair of the Worshiping Communities Committee of the board, liaison to the Mission Development Resources Committee, and member of the Nominating and Governance Subcommittee.

The remainder of Marilyn’s story can be found inside the July 2 edition of the Bowling Green Times.