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McMurry University honors longtime Lubbock ISD teacher Martha Ginn ’65 with Cross and Flame Award


ImageABILENE, Texas –Martha Ginn ’65, a retired teacher with the Lubbock Independent School District, has been chosen as the 2013 Northwest Texas Annual Conference recipient of the McMurry University Cross & Flame Award. She will be recognized at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service on Sept. 15 at First United Methodist Church in Lubbock, TX.

Established in 2000 by the McMurry Alumni Association, this award is given to strengthen the relationship between McMurry University and the United Methodist Church by recognizing individuals for service to their churches and to the University.

While a student at McMurry, Ginn was a member and officer of Delta Beta Epsilon Social Club as well as the Women’s Service Organization and Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society. She served as secretary of the junior class and as president of Alpha Chi Honor Society. She was elected to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

Ginn earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from McMurry University in 1965 and a Masters of Education from Texas Tech University in 1973. She married Kenneth Pat Ginn ’65, and after their graduation she began teaching while Pat attended and graduated from Perkins School of Theology at SMU. Martha continued her service to the Methodist Church during these years as president of University Women at Perkins.

She retired in 2001 after 35 years teaching Honors English, Honors Humanities, and Advanced Placement Art History in Richardson, Spring Branch, and for 29 years in Lubbock. She credits Dr. Robert Monk, Dr. Vernon Spence, and Vernie Newman for preparing her well in her history emphasis.

Ginn has been active in the community in the Lubbock Symphony Guild, Museum of Texas Tech University Association as a member of the Art Acquisition Committee, and as a member of the Board of the Directors of Planned Parenthood of Lubbock. She is currently a board member of the South Plains Genealogical Society, historian of the Lubbock Women’s Club and member of the Executive Committee of the Texas Tech Museum Association.

At McMurry, Ginn has served on the University’s Student Recruitment and Retention Committee and on the Advisory Board of the College of Education (1998-2002). In 1994, Martha along with her friend Jan Ellzey Blackwell established a scholarship fund for a student from First UMC to attend McMurry. Jan’s father was a minister in the Northwest Texas Conference, and the two women forged a life-long friendship as freshmen at McMurry. They wanted others to receive the rich and rewarding education they found at McMurry. Martha and Pat Ginn also continue their financial support of the University.

A member of the First United Methodist Church of Lubbock from 1978 to the present, she has served on Worship, Missions, and Higher Education committees and served as Chairperson of the Senior Adult Council on the Council of Ministries and the Administrative Board.

Ginn was a member of the Chancel Choir of FUMC from 1985-1990 and currently sings in the Chancel Choir. She is a member of Friends of Music and the Vesper Concert Reception Committee. She also serves as a Sunday School teacher with expertise in church architecture and religious art and was president of the Cornerstone Adult Class. She has been part of building crew for FUMC Habitat for Humanity as well as the Habitat for Humanity conference-wide crew in Lubbock.

As a member of St. Matthew UMC in Lubbock from 1973-1978, she was chairperson of the Staff Parish Relations Committee and a member of the first conference-wide Role and Status of Women appointed by the bishop in 1975.

The United Methodist Church has always been an important part of Ginn’s life. Her great-grandparents helped establish the Methodist congregation during the early 1900’s in Clyde, TX,and Ginn was always active in the youth group in St. Paul’s UMC in Abilene.

Martha and Pat Ginn have two daughters, Cheryl Ginn Bishop and Elizabeth Ginn McCormick, and two grandchildren Their daughters were always active at First UMC and served as staff members or directors of conference camps. Cheryl is currently Director of Elementary Ministries at Custer Road UMC in Dallas, and Elizabeth is senior designer at Interior Architects in Dallas.