Monday, October 3, 2022

Marilyn Tinnin: a Majestic Mississippian on a Mission

Marilyn Tinnin 1969
Marilyn Tinnin was crowned Miss University as a freshman in 1969.

Marilyn Tinnin is a life-long Mississippian. Her mother, Marie Hemphill, was an award-winning journalist and the author of Fevers, Floods, and Faith, a comprehensive history of Sunflower County, Mississippi.
Marilyn graduated from Indianola Public Schools and attended the University of Mississippi, where she was selected Miss University in her freshman year, was second runner up to Miss Mississippi and selected Most Beautiful in her sophomore year.
6506c_fall_5x5aShe received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Piano Performance from Mississippi College. For 20 years, she served as a church pianist and assistant organist – first at Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church and later at Christ United Methodist Church.
She has done freelance writing for speakers, Bible teachers, and Mississippi Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has been published in numerous publications including Guideposts, and is an award winning member of Southern Christian Writers. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Jackson, serves on the Advisory Board of St. Dominic Hospital and is a past board member of Goodwill Industries, Mission Mississippi, and the Madison County Junior Auxiliary.
She is the founder and former editor and publisher of Jackson Christian Family. In 2006 she founded Metro Christian Living, a monthly magazine distributed central Mississippi. It continued to spread far beyond the metro area, and in the spring of 2014, Metro Christian Living became Mississippi Christian Living and continues to expand across the state.
She was selected by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of Mississippi’s leading business women for 2006. She was selected Distinguished Alumnus for 2007 by the Mississippi College Department of Music. Marilyn is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Jackson. She is married to Charles Tinnin of Ridgeland and they share a blended family of five children and eleven grandchildren.
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