Pastor Eugene L. Martino, Jr.
Gene Martino, Jr. was recently appointed the Pastor of Bethpage United Methodist Church in Bethpage, Tennessee beginning in July 2019. He also serves Westmoreland UMC in Westmoreland. He and his High School sweetheart, Becky, live on their 50-acre farm outside of Westmoreland with 4 cats, 5 dogs, guineas, chickens and 4 Jousting horses (2 dapple grey Percherons, one black Percheron and one Shire)! They have been married for 40+ years.
Becky, a former United States Air Force Captain, works at Hendersonville TriStar Hospital as a Labor and Delivery Nurse. They have two children: Their daughter, Sarah, is an honors graduate of Texas Wesleyan University, and is has a Masters in Non Profit Leadership from Belmont. Sarah lives in Nashville with her rescue dog, Fitz and is currently employed by Dollar General Corporate in Goodlettsville. She attends East End UMC. Their son, Louis served in the United States Marine Corps, graduated from MTSU in Murfreesboro and is currently a Detective in the Metro Nashville Police Department. He and daughter in law Lauren live in Antioch with 2 dogs, 2 cats, a snake and a Chinchilla!
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi, Gene is a lifelong United Methodist, was ordained an Elder in 1987 in the Mississippi Annual Conference and transferred his membership to the Tennessee Annual Conference several years ago. Gene has been in the United Methodist Ministry since 1978. He has served in various positions and ministry in Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Mississippi, Germany, and Texas before coming to Tennessee. Their family lived in Germany three years while Becky was in the United States Air Force. While in Germany he worked at the various Base Chapels leading music in worship and taught at the Base High School where he was the Drama Instructor. Gene also studied voice with the late Maestro, Mr. Michael Rhodes of Trier, Germany, singing in Operas, Recitals, Concerts, and Theatres.
Gene is a highly recognized Senior Member of the Order of DeMolay, a service fraternity for young men that promotes excellence in leadership. Gene is a member of the Freelancers Joust Troop where he also serves as the Chaplain. The Freelancers are a professional stunt and equestrian troop run by Roy and Kate Cox that does full contact, heavy armored jousting demonstrations and tournaments all over North America. The closest venue is the Tennessee Renaissance Festival in Arrington/Triune through the month of May, where Gene portrays Sir Ian MacFarlane. He is a three time East Coast Champion and two time United States Champion in heavy armored Jousting.