“God has a way of detouring our lives to get us on His road, and that is just what He did for our family,” Martin says. He accepted Christ as his Savior in 1994 while attending camp in Wisconsin, and the following summer he committed his life to full-time ministry. He graduated in 2002 from Northland Baptist Bible College, were he met his wife, Heather. They married in 2003.
Living with his wife in Missouri, Martin worked as a finish carpenter for new home construction while serving in his church. But “in summer 2007,” he says, “God began to reroute my life by putting a burden in my heart for full-time ministry. I really didn’t know exactly where He wanted me, but I was willing to go.”
In January 2008 he became assistant pastor of Faith Baptist Church, and then senior pastor one year later.
Martin is the first pastor to be ordained by the church. Nathan Gast, pastor of Urbandale (Iowa) Baptist Church, served as the clerk for the examination council, and Joe DiVietro, pastor of Faith Baptist Church, Sauk Centre, Minnesota, was moderator.
At the service on Jan. 25, former pastor Robert Glover offered prayer for Martin and the congregation, and the pastor of the church Martin attended while he was growing up delivered the message. The church Martin grew up attending was influential in his life, and Faith Baptist Church “is much like that church,” he says. Speaking to the congregation, he said, “We love being here. This is our church. You are our family.” Ministering to the people at Faith Baptist Church, he says, is “a great privilege.”