New Pastor in the building!
The Rev. Marilyn Gamm comes to serve with us as our Transitional Pastor after having served two years as the Transitional Pastor with Trinity Presbyterian Church in University City, MO. She is an experienced pastor and transitional/interim pastor, transitional presbytery executive, presbytery and national church leader.
Pastor Marilyn is a native of Missouri, having grown up on a farm near Bowling Green.
She is a cradle Presbyterian, which increasingly is an anomaly in our denomination.
For most of her 31 years in lay and ordained ministry Pastor Marilyn has served smaller
Midwestern congregations in Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Kansas, and Wisconsin. She
has also served in transitional pastoral roles with a large church in Wisconsin and as a
presbytery executive in southern California.
She is a trained and experienced interim/transitional pastor who enjoys collaborating
with congregations and presbyteries in discerning and living into what the prophet Isaiah
calls God’s new thing, whatever that new thing may be.
Pastor Marilyn is also an experienced presbyter, having served in leadership roles and
on many of her different presbyteries’ committees. Most recently she served the
national church as an elected member of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board of
Directors, and as Board Chair from 2014 to 2016. She currently serves on the
Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Mission Resources Development Committee and as the
Missouri Union Presbytery Mission Team Liaison and on the Presbytery Council.
Prior to seminary, Pastor Marilyn was a broadcast journalist and executive for nine
years, working in television in Jefferson City and St. Louis, and in radio in Bowling
Green and Louisiana. She is a graduate of William Woods University in Fulton, the St.
Louis Broadcast Center, and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She has
memberships in the Daughters of the American Revolution and PEO. Pastor Marilyn is
a life-long St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, and also enjoys watching the Triple Crown
horse races. She is an avid gardener, which she finds both enjoyable and at times
Pastor Marilyn lives in Ellisville with her spouse, the Rev. Dr. Craig Howard, who is the
Presbytery of Chicago Presbytery Executive. They share his two adult daughters,
Jacqueline Howard and Judith Howard, both of Chicago.
Feel free to send a note or call to say, "Hello!"