Transitional Pastor Marilyn Gamm
The Rev. Marilyn Gamm comes to serve with us in ministry after having served two years as the Transitional Executive Presbyter for the Presbytery of Riverside in southern California. Pastor Marilyn is a native of Missouri, having grown up on a farm near Bowling Green. She is a cradle Presbyterian, raised in a small open country church that was yoked with two other similar congregations in nearby communities. Before going to seminary, she had the opportunity to serve three yoked congregations as their lay pastor. For most of her nearly 27 years in lay and ordained ministry Pastor Marilyn has served smaller Midwestern congregations in Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Kansas and Wisconsin. Smaller congregations with their close, caring relationships hold a special place in her heart. She is a trained and experienced interim/transitional pastor who enjoys helping congregations – and most recently a presbytery – discern and live 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 ofthe Presbyterian Mission Agency Board of Directors, and as Board Chair from 2014 to 2016.
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, PEO, and the American Association of University Women. 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 therapeutic.
Pastor Marilyn lives in Ballwin with her spouse, the Rev. Dr. Craig Howard, who is the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy’s Transitional Presbytery Leader. They share his two adult daughters, Jacqueline Howard and Judith Howard, both of Chicago.