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Terry O. Martinson

Interim Pastor Terry Martinson
Interim Pastor

Terry was born in Middletown, Connecticut on October 12, 1947.  He grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Poly Prep in 1965 and enrolled at Bethany College in West Virginia, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969. From there he went to Princeton Theological Seminary, graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1972.

In June of 1972, Terry was called to be the assistant minister of The Old South Union Church in South Weymouth, Massachusetts. In 1978, when the senior minister moved to Ohio, Terry was called to be the senior minister. He accepted the call with the stipulation that he would be allowed to continue his leadership of the Youth Groups. In the 41 years that Terry served the Old South Union Church, the Youth Groups grew from 30 members to over 600 members.

In October of 1976, Terry and Marcia Brandenburg were married. In 1978, their first son, Andrew was born. Andrew and his wife, Katie, live in Norwell, Massachusetts with their two daughters, Hadley and Grace.

In 1982, their second son, Eric, was born. Eric and his wife, Meg, live in York, Maine with their son, Ned. They are expecting a second child in March.

The scope of Terry’s ministry reached beyond the doors of The Old South Union Church. He has served on committees in The Pilgrim Association and in The Massachusetts Conference. He also served as an adjunct chaplain at The South Shore Hospital.

During his 41 years at The Old South Union Church, the Town of Weymouth honored Terry with the “Dr. Martin Luther King Citizen of the Year Award” in 1998 and with The Abigail Adams Medal in 2002.

In 2011, the MACUCC asked Terry to write a book about how to grow a successful youth group. Youth Group Seeds: A Practical Guide to Growing a Youth Group is now in its second printing. He has led workshops and consulted with individual churches on the topic of youth ministry. This coming July, Terry will serve as one of the deans for the Massachusetts Delegation to the National Youth Event at Disney World.

While winding down his ministry in South Weymouth, Terry completed the Interim Ministry Training program.

Terry retired from the Old South Union Church in June of 2013. Four months later he began serving as the interim pastor of The Federated Church on Martha’s Vineyard. That ministry ended in September of this year.

Terry and Marcia live in the Pinehills in Plymouth.