Portland Church Planter

About the Family

Justin married his college sweetheart, Chandra, in 2002. They have four children: Madelyn, Catharine, Elizabeth and Luke. They served with the IMB in South Asia and Emmanuel Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Ala., before being sent out to plant in Portland.

The quote they believe captures the calling of their lives is, “I have but one candle of life to burn and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light.”

About the Church Plant

The church planting team is made up of families and singles sent out from Emmanuel Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The first two units arrived in Portland in summer 2014.

Bridge City Church is located in North Portland, which is the most economically and ethnically diverse area of Portland. The four target neighborhoods for the plant are: St. Johns, Portsmouth, University Park and Cathedral Park. There are zero Southern Baptist churches in this area of need and opportunity. The four neighborhoods provide the density and diversity of an urban city, yet maintain a small-town feel.


Please pray the Martins and their team will make the necessary cultural adjustments for faithful contextualization. Please pray that those who hear the gospel will respond in faith, repentance and commitment to Jesus.