Dr. Larry Martin has given 49 years to gospel ministry. While still in his teens, Martin launched his ministry career as a traveling evangelist. He spent almost twenty-five years pastoring churches in Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, and Tennessee. He returned to evangelism in 1997 and has continued in that work for most of the last 20 years.
Martin will speak in Topeka this Sunday, March 7, at Harvest Family Fellowship Church, 522 SW Polk, at 10:30 a.m.
For many years, Martin has been instrumental in the Revival Movement, both before and after the Brownsville Revival that took place in Florida in the early 90’s.
Believing – as did Wesley – that the world is his parish, Martin has travelled in more than sixty countries. He has taught in Bible schools, preached in mission churches both large and small, and led mass evangelism crusades where as many as 40,000 have professed Christ in one event.
Martin has attended eleven different institutions of higher education. He is a graduate of Cameron University, Oklahoma Missionary Baptist College, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. His last degree earned was the Doctor of Ministry degree at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas.
In 1994, Martin was chosen as the president of Messenger College in Joplin, Missouri. He also served the college as the Dean of the School of Lifelong Learning and as a professor of theology and missions.
From 2001-2004, Martin served Brownsville Revival School of Ministry in Pensacola, Florida as Academic Dean. He taught a number of courses at the college and was a regular speaker at the Brownsville Assembly of God Church.
Also a free-lance writer, Martin’s articles have appeared in Charisma, The Remnant, Ministries Today, Pulpit Helps, The Missionary Voice, The International Pentecostal Holiness Advocate, The Pentecostal Messenger, The Pentecostal Minister, The Message of the Open Bible, The Pentecostal Leader, The Church Herald and Holiness Banner, The Brownsville Report, and The Church of God Evangel. He also wrote adult Sunday School curriculum for Messenger Publishing.
Martin, considered by many to be an authority on Pentecostal origins, and especially the revival at Azusa Street, is the author of The Life and Ministry of William J. Seymour and editor of The Complete Azusa Street Library. He has written In the Beginning and We’ve Come this Far by Faith, histories of early Pentecostals and the Pentecostal Church of God; For Sale: the Soul of a Nation; The Topeka Outpouring of 1901; and has edited and/or contributed to several other works. Doc’s newest book is Have We Lost Our Minds, an in-your-face call to Christian commitment.
River of Revival Ministries, Inc. was founded by Martin and he continues to serve as president of the ministry.
Martin married Lynda Morehead Goetz on July 3, 2016, both having lost their spouses in 2014. Martin has two children, Matthew Martin and Summer Jo Horne (Chris); his wife Lynda also has two, Lindsey Goetz and Ryan Goetz (Rachel). The couple have three wonderful grandchildren, Matthew Dallas Martin, Jr.; Anna and Louisa Goetz.
For more information call Pastor Rey Rodriguez at Harvest Family Fellowship at 785-232-3939.
–Lee Hartman | Metro Voice
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