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Kentucky-Tennessee Appoints Edward Marton New Conference Youth Department Director
The Kentucky-Tennessee Conference administration is pleased to announce that, after a long search and lots of prayer, the Executive Committee has extended an invitation of employment to Edward Marton as the new youth director, effective January 1, 2023.
Marton is originally from Romania. He and his wife, Mariya, have been married for 23 years and have two children, Levi, 17, and Leyla, 15.
In 2004, Marton received his B.A. in pastoral ministry from the Mission College of Evangelism in South Dakota. He possesses a master of divinity (M.Div.), and in 2015 completed a doctor of ministry (D.Min.) degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
Marton was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 2006 by the Ohio Conference, where he has served for the past 21 years — 14 years as a senior pastor and then seven years as the youth director. During his time at the Ohio Conference, Marton helped organize mission trips, run summer camp at Camp Mohaven for eight years, and coach pastors in creating a strategic plan to reach younger audiences. “My passion is just bringing all generations together in fellowship, worship, and spiritual growth,” Marton said. “I love seeing churches grow, not only in numbers, but also by having a greater intergenerational experience.”
Marton will work alongside Nelson Silva, Conference associate youth director, to provide support for the Adventurer and Pathfinder clubs, public campus ministries, and the young adult ministries. Marton will also oversee the running of summer camp at Indian Creek Camp.
In addition, Mariya Marton will be assisting the Conference Youth Department. She holds a doctor in ministry (D.Min.) degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, and has also served the Church for many years, as chaplain in the Kettering Health Network and, most recently, as the associate youth director at the Ohio Conference. Marton says his family is looking forward to the transition.
“We're very excited to join the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference,” Marton said. “I'm looking forward to getting to know the members, the churches, the schools; and providing as much support as I can. Our prayer is that all generations can grow together in Christ.”
The Conference family is happy to welcome Edward Marton and his family to Kentucky-Tennessee.
Kentucky-Tennessee | January 2023