The Martha May Holman Scholarship Fund was established in 2002 by the SOAP (South Atlantic & Puerto Rico) Region of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) to honor the life and ministry of Martha May Holman.


Martha May Holman, a lifelong Presbyterian, served Christ with distinction as a church educator.  Martha served a variety of large and small congregations as an educator.  For many years she was Associate for Education for the Synod of South Atlantic.  Martha was a former member of the APCE Cabinet having served as Finance Committee Chairperson.  She received a Life Achievement Award at the 1997 San Diego APCE national conference.  Martha was retired when she died January 21, 2001 in Tallahassee, Florida.


The scholarship fund was established to enable APCE members in the South Atlantic & Puerto Rico Region who have a continuing education allowance of under $500 to attend SOAP Regional events or APCE events in order to develop their leadership skills and enhance their ministry.  This scholarship will be limited to one scholarship per person per year.  The Executive Committee will select the worthy recipients with first time requests being given priority status.


The funds for the Martha May Holman Scholarship come from individual donations and through a special offering taken at the SOAP Regional Event and the annual APCE gathering.  The funds are housed in a special account with the Presbyterian Foundation.


Selection of scholarship recipients is by the Executive Committee of the Regional Officers, which consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.



Applications will be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 30, 2017. Notification will be sent via email by Nov 15 in time for the APCE early bird deadline.

WHEN: November 2-4, 2017

Featured Speaker: Rev. Dr. Rebecca Davis
Worship and Music: Rev. William Carter
Liturgical Artist: Rev. Pressley Cox
Youth Ministry Coaching Cohort: Rev. Mark DeVries
You are invited to join Ministers/Educators/Youth Directors/church leaders.

Thursday evening – Saturday afternoon as we ask:
• Why is innovation in Ministry so important?
• How can our roots/heritage inform a creative ministry?
• How does the theology of risk teach and stretch us in ministry?

Retreat includes:
• Time for rest and renewal on the beautiful beaches of St. Simons Island
• Inspiration through engaging presentations, worship and music
• Panel (Saturday) of practitioners sharing how innovation/creativity/risk have
shown up in their life and ministry
• Two nights lodging and all meals at Epworth By the Sea (Single: $317 or Double: $219)
Note: Total cost of retreat is registration plus lodging

Early bird registration $80 by August 1st.

Regular registration $120 beginning August 2nd-October 12th.

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