Marva C. Worthen Watts



Marva C. Worthen Watts


Watts, Marva C.
Distinguished Alumnus

Class of



Philander Smith College, B.S. / 1962 Biology Major

Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago M. S. /1965 Human Physiology

North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago M.A.C.F./2008 Christian Formation


Research Associate, Chicago Medical School,

Assistant Professor, Biology Department, Malcolm X College

Assistant Pastor, Gospel Way Covenant Church

Founder/CEO, Marvalous Communications


Philander Smith College NAA: National Board Member, Past National Secretary1966 and 2004, served on committees to establish Regions and B. H. Muldrew Scholarship, served on Constitution Revision Committee

Malcolm X College: NCA Self-Study Coordinator 1988-1991, Co-chair of Long Range Planning Committee 1991-1992, Biology Department Chairperson 1986-1996, Secretary of Faculty Council, Project Director, Chicago School Community Mentoring Project in Science, Mathematics and Computer Technology Higher Education Grant 1992-1994, Project Director, NSF Grant ”Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation” 1997- 2002, MXC Chapter Cook County College Teachers Union - Secretary

Evangelical Covenant Church Denomination: Executive Board, Constitution Revision Committee, Board of Covenant Women, World Mission Committee, Board of Church Growth and Evangelism

Gospel Way Covenant Church: Church Council, Finance Committee, Sunday School Teacher, VBS Coordinator, Choir Member, Director of Food Pantry, Interim Pastor

Church Musicianship Guild,

Charter Member Human Anatomy and Physiology Society 1982 – 1999

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

Child Evangelism Fellowship, Good News Club Teacher

Honors and Awards

PSC Distinguished Alumni Award, 2005

Irving C. Lambert Award, Evangelical Covenant Church, 2019

Pastor Emeritus, Gospel Way Covenant Church, 2019

Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 5th ed., 1998, Vol. III 2002

James E. Stamps Outstanding Alumnus (Chicago Inter-Alumni Council-UNCF) 2002

Distinguished Professor Award, Malcolm X College, 1991

Woman of the Year Award, Malcolm X College,1992

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship 1962-1965

Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities, 1961-62

Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, Secretary – 1960-62

Beta Kappa Chi Science Honor Society, President- 1960-62

Rockefeller Scholarship, Philander Smith College, 1958-62



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