Marta Van Hoose
Episcopal parishes in Tampa and Bradenton, Florida nurtured Marta through childhood to Christian maturity, teaching her that church was where one was sure to find love, the means to serve others, and just a whole lot of fun. The Episcopal Chapel in Auburn gave Marta a home away from home when she studied applied mathematics at the university. Her husband, Jim, was baptized there. Jim’s jobs took them first to Arkansas and then to Connecticut. In both Arkansas and Connecticut parishes, they grew to better know and depend upon Jesus Christ as they met the challenges that life throws families raising children. Marta stayed at home raising their daughter Elizabeth and son Jonathan while also doing childcare for others. Tutoring neighborhood children led Marta to seek teacher certification, and she taught high school math and science for two decades. With their two children grown and well launched in their own lives, Jim and Marta chose to return to the South when she retired from teaching in 2013. Since then Marta has been able to draw upon St. Paul’s vast wealth of Christian love and varieties of resources that support its members. Through Pilgrimage, Daughters of the King, choir, Bible study, Episcopal Church Women, Cursillo, Vacation Bible School, Prayer Boards, adult Christian education, opportunities to tutor at Franklin Heights and the Boys & Girls Club, and studying Education for Ministry (40 years after Jim and she began in Arkansas) St. Paul’s has enriched her life.