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Marthame, born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, is a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA).  He received his B.A. in American history from Yale University and went on to earn his M. Div. from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.  Marthame's call to ministry in the Middle East began taking shape when he first visited Palestine with a PC(USA) young adult mission trip to Ramallah in 1993. He is a member of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. Elizabeth, a  Texan from Lubbock, is also a graduate of Yale University, receiving her B.A. in Environmental Biology. In 2002, she completed her M.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies from Northeastern Illinois University.  Elizabeth's sense of call to mission work has been greatly shaped by Paul's description of the mutuality of common ministry (Romans 1:11-12).  Elizabeth and Marthame were married in Atlanta in 1995. Through the strong support of colleagues in the States and in Palestine/Israel, we continue to learn more and more about the needs of ministry in Palestine and the spiritual debt we as Western Christians owe to the church of our ancestors.