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Westvale church pastor is honored

The pastor of Robinson Memorial Presbyterian Church, 126 Terry Road, Westvale has been installed as moderator of the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse. The Rev. Tracie E. Martin was installed at the January meeting of the Presbytery at ceremonies at her home church, Jan. 27. As moderator, Martin will oversee the administration of the Presbyterian faith community in Central New York, which consists of 44 congregations with over 6,500 members, in four counties including Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison, and Oswego.

Martin serves a three-year term. She is believed to be the first pastor at Robinson to serve as moderator of the Presbytery. She is also the 51st moderator, and the fifth woman to serve as moderator.

Martin becomes part of a long Presbyterian tradition in the greater Syracuse area. The denomination has had a presence in the area since the early 1800s. The Presbytery of Syracuse itself was founded in 1879. In 1956, it was combined with the Presbytery of Cayuga to form the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse.

"It is an honor to serve as the 51st moderator of the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse, a Presbytery with a long history in this area," Martin said. This is an exciting time for Presbyterians and other denominations as well. We are at a turning point where we need to embrace new ways of being the church without completely losing those aspects of the past that offer comfort and inspiration. I hope to use my experience and skills in transformation and church growth to encourage and assist that effort. I look forward to an exciting year."

Formerly, Martin was a commissioned lay pastor at the Weston Presbyterian Church, as well as the Livonia Center Presbyterian Church from 1987 to 1996. She was ordained in 1994.

Martin served the Charlotte Valley Larger Presbyterian Parish in Delaware County from 1996 to 2002.

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