Pastor Lee's Bio
As both a pastor and investment advisor, Martin possesses a diverse professional background, and a diverse worldview. He was born into a biracial family, named after Martin Luther King Jr., and by God's grace has been blessed with educational opportunities in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) school system from elementary school, high school, college, and doctoral levels. While a student at Concordia Theological Seminary, Martin also studied at the US Naval Chaplain's Candidate School and graduated from the officer's school in Newport, RI. Martin’s major applied project (MAP) in completion of the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree at Concordia Seminary is to research congregational stewardship and develop a stewardship tool to assist congregations in aligning ministries for gospel impact and financial health.
As a seasoned credentialed intentional interim pastor Martin is responsible for stewarding all a congregation's divine resources. He seeks to accomplish this by supporting leaders to clearly define, effectively implement, and joyfully protect their congregation’s mission and vision. In Christ-like love, he utilizes an adaptive leadership approach, deploying concepts from distinctive Lutheran theology, organizational learning theory, knowledge management theory, systems theory, and economic theory.
Further Martin serves as a faculty member of the Lutheran Transitional Ministry Association (LuTMA, an association formed primarily of two Lutheran church bodies: The ELCA and LCMS) where he is responsible for the facilitation of learning with other faculty. More recently, he serves as a workshop presenter at Ashland Theological Seminary (Ashland University) in the pastoral ministry leadership certificate program; and, he has been a conference leader in the Michigan District of the LCMS and workshop presenter at NALIP. Martin serves as the Chair on the Board of Directors for Interim Ministry Conference (IMC) of the LCMS, where he is a member of the development and advancement committee and the curriculum development committee.
As the Executive Director of Church Organizers Foundation (COF) . Martin has focused on understanding the financial and economic needs within the non-profit community for two decades. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience providing economic and financial solutions to the unique challenges in the nonprofit community. The mission of COF is to assist churches, schools, and other nonprofits to steward their finite resources efficiently and effectively to promote the gospel of Jesus Christ. Specifically, this is done by: 1) providing educational and professional development grants to church workers; and 2) by providing reduced costs wherever possible for churches, schools, church workers, and private clients in their financial planning, endowment management, capital acquisition, and charitable giving efforts.