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Adventist Evaluation On-line | First Chaplaincy Ministries Director Charles D. Martin Passes at 94

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He was instrumental within the launch of ministry to Adventist chaplains.

Charles D. Martin, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor who was instrumental in beginning Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries on the world church headquarters in 1985, handed away on Jan. 7 in California, United States. He was 94 years outdated. Martin served within the Youth Division of the Normal Convention, and was the director of the Nationwide Service Group from 1980-86. His first spouse, Pearl Martin, preceded him in loss of life in 2009.

A Pastor and Missionary

Martin was born in Anaheim, California, United States, and attended Adventist colleges within the space till he graduated from La Sierra College with a level in Theology in 1945. He pastored within the Southeastern California Convention till 1950, when he turned convention youth director.

“It was a time when convention youth administrators had been additionally assigned to work with the church’s Nationwide Service Group (NSO),” mentioned Martin in an interview by Deena Bartel-Wagner again in 2010. “NSO actions centered on counseling younger Adventists who confronted the opportunity of being drafted.”

  • Charles D. Martin, when he was youth director within the Far Jap Division (1957-66). [Photo: Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries]

  • Charles D. Martin together with his second spouse Eleene in 2010. [Photo: Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries]

In 1957 he, his spouse Pearl, and two youngsters went to Singapore the place he served as youth director of what was then the Far Jap Division. Within the 2010 interview, he mentioned these years had been “a time of journey, ministry, and studying of different cultures.” Their third baby, Cindy (Hanson), was born in Singapore. Their service within the Far East continued till 1966, with a one-year furlough in 1963, when he acquired a Grasp of Arts diploma from Andrews College.

From Youth to Chaplain Chief

In 1966 he turned an affiliate youth director of the Normal Convention. “My earlier work with the NSO on the convention degree constructed the expertise that I would want in my new place as a Normal Convention affiliate youth director,” he mentioned within the 2010 interview.

On the Normal Convention Session in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, in 1985, Martin was appointed the primary director of the Normal Convention Service—a Division after 1995—of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries.

In line with Deena Bartel-Wagner, underneath Martin’s management, annual skilled progress conferences had been established, particularly designed to satisfy the wants of Adventist chaplains. She wrote that these years had been additionally a time of training others about chaplaincy ministry. Martin agreed. “The annual conferences had been a particular time to resume our friendships and dedication to our ministry,” he mentioned in 2010.

Each Charles and Pearl retired in 1987. Three years later they went to Korea to function the Adventist Servicemen’s Heart in Seoul, returning to the USA in 1991. They moved to Florida in 1999.

Pearl handed in 2009, after sharing, based on Martin, “62 years of marriage, ministry, and the thrill of elevating two daughters and a son.” In January 2010, Charles married Eleene, who preceded him in loss of life in 2015.

Funeral providers can be held on the Redlands Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m.

Deena Bartel-Wagner contributed to this report.


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