The Rev. George R. Martzen serves in Singapore as a missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church with his wife, the Rev. Chin Cheak Yu, also a GBGM missionary.
An elder in the California-Pacific Annual Conference, where he has been a member since 1993, Rev. Martzen has been assigned since December 2001 to the Methodist Church of Singapore (MCS) as the Minister Attached to the Bishop’s Office.
George’s work supports the connection and witness of global Methodism by encouraging networks of communication and by helping to coordinate teaching events for the MCS. He also coordinates various programs and events sponsored by the Bishop’s Office, including the annual Aldersgate Convention, retreats, lay seminars and Episcopal programs for TTC (Trinity Theological College) Methodist students. On request he preaches and teaches in local churches.
Rev. Martzen heads the ‘webeditors’ group that manages the church’s online presence. He contributes regularly to the ‘Methodist Message,’ a monthly publication of the Singapore church, as well as writing and editing for other church publications. He often assists visiting missionaries and clergy from other Methodist bodies when they visit Singapore.
Reflecting on his work, George emphasizes the role of communication in Christian ministry: to draw people toward communion with God and with each other. ”We need to let the incarnation be our model for communication. As God took on the medium of humanity to express the best news of all, we must keep the human dimension uppermost in our communications technologies.”
Nurtured in loamy soils of Dinuba, CA, where he was a member of First United Methodist Church (California-Nevada), George studied journalism at California State University in Fresno. He earned a BA degree in Biblical/Religious Studies and Communication from Fresno Pacific University. He received his Master of Divinity degree in 1993 from Claremont School of Theology (CST) in Southern California.
Prior to this assignment, George served eight years as pastor of Baldwin Park United Methodist Church. Before that he directed the youth and evangelism programs at Santa Clarita UMC. He served internship at Wesley UMC in Riverside and was a clerk and supervisor at the Cokesbury Bookstore for CST.
George and Chin Cheak have one son, Walter Chyau-Yu Martzen, 12, who attends the Singapore American School, enjoys music, reading youth novels and instant messaging his friends. George enjoys gardening, photography and music.
: California/Pacific Annual Conference
, California-Nevada Annual Conference
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