Genie Martin Seminarian Fund

The Reverend Doctor Eugenia (Genie) Varker Martin and her family

Since its founding in 2000, Mission Bay Community Church has fostered and cared for many seminarians through the ordination process. At a time when the church is rapidly changing, MBCC is committed to being a pioneer in celebrating and inspiring individuals into a life of ministry.

The Rev. Dr. Genie Martin was passionate about new leaders in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has mentored quite a few throughout her ministry including her daughter, and our pastor, Dawn Hyde. She passed away in 2016 from gallbladder cancer.

We honor her life of mentorship and service with the Genie Martin Seminarian Fund.

This ongoing fund helps seminarians in the PC(USA) transition into seminary with awards of $300 to help cover the costs of books or psychological evaluations. Preference will be given to inquirers from Mission Bay Community Church, followed by inquirers in the San Francisco Presbytery, and lastly by any member of a PC(USA) congregation.

In years with few applicants, funds may also be used to help support the training of pastors at MBCC through paid internships.

About Genie Martin

Genie Varker was born in 1957 and though the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted in 1956 to ordain women as pastors, it was not widely accepted in the church.  Hearing God’s call to ministry, Genie worked against the odds to discern and follow her call to ordained ministry.

She served the church faithfully in missions and education. While a domestic missionary in Arizona, she made the decision to attend Union Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Virginia to become a Christian Educator.

Following her training, Genie worked with Rock Forge Presbyterian Church in West Virginia and Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in North Carolina.

In the 90s, now married to Jack Martin and with three young children, she went back to school, traveling for three summers to San Francisco Theological Seminary to complete her Masters of Divinity.

She completed her dream of being ordained as a PC(USA) pastor in 1996.

Genie then served as an Associate Pastor of Missions and Pastoral Care at First Presbyterian Church of Burlington. While there, she earned her Doctorate of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary.  She then served as pastor of Springwood Presbyterian Church in Whitsett, NC.

Genie died on Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016. She battled gallbladder cancer for just over a year before dancing her way into Jesus’ embrace.

Help support this fund with a one-time or recurring tax-deductable donation.