Martha R. Beach has announced her plans to retire as executive minister of Atlantic Southeast District, effective Jan. 1, 2013. She began her ministry as district executive on March 20, 2000.
Beach began her tenure as a long-time active lay leader in the Church of the Brethren. She was baptized in 1959 at Koontz Church of the Brethren in Middle Pennsylvania District. During her tenure as district executive she was both licensed (April 2003) and ordained (July 2011) at St. Petersburg (Fla.) Church of the Brethren.
Prior to moving to Florida, she served numerous terms as chair of the church board at her congregation as well as chair of the Trustee Board of Morrison’s Cove Home in Pennsylvania. Her professional experience was in the insurance industry as owner of her own agency and representative for several other agencies. In that work she attained the CLU designation from American College in 1995 and the LUTCF designation from Life Underwriters Training Council in 1989.
She and her husband Bob Beach were married in 1959. In retirement she looks forward to being able to do more traveling and studying, and spending time with her family.