Meet Our New Pastor and His Family
Brandon Martin’s Biography, December 2014
Brandon’s enthusiasm for cross-cultural ministry grew as a result of living in Latin America for five years. After graduating from Appalachian State University in 1998, he taught at international schools in Mexico and Guatemala. He then moved to Bolivia, South America where he served as a missionary for three years. It was dur-ing the trials and joys of this mission work that God led him to dedicate his life to cross-cultural ministry. In 2008, Brandon graduated with a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. The past six years, he served as Associate Pastor for Mission Development at St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC. He worked with local Lutheran congregations to develop The Bridge, a mission that connects local Hispanic families to Christ and community.
Brandon met his wonderful wife, Joy, in 2004 at their best friends’ wedding. At the time, Joy was serving as a mission-ary in Macedonia. They were married in November of 2005. God has blessed them with three delightful children: Joshua (5), Abigail (3), and Selah (1). Brandon and Joy love traveling, coffee, meals with friends, visiting wineries, hik-ing, exercising, and having fun with their children.
Brandon and Joy are in competition to visit the most countries. Joy is currently winning with 24 countries (on five continents)!
The Martin family memorizes a Bible verse together each week and discusses it at dinner.
Brandon has not had television in his home for the past 16 years. The Martins occasionally watch movies, but these days, most have vegetables or cars as the main characters.
Brandon’s favorite book of the Bible is Psalms, because they are the faith-filled cries of God’s people in all circum-stances and emotions of life. They show us how to bring every struggle and joy before our loving God.