During Mark's freshman year at college while attending the Heartland National Church Planting Conference, the Lord began to work on Mark's heart about the calling to church planting. After praying and seeking the Lord's Leadership, Bro. Mark surrendered to that calling in July of 2009. In 2011, the Lord began to burden Mark through his personal devotional time about planting a church in Boulder, Colorado after reading how Christ had saved those in Corinth who had been given over to the same lifestyles of immorality that are found in Boulder. In 2011, Mark met Hannah Wallace, and they were married May 31, 2013. They now have two beautiful children, Jenna who is four years old, and Josiah who is one year old.
Upon graduation from Heartland in 2012, Mark returned to his home church and began serving as youth pastor. The Lord has blessed Mark's ministry at Rocky Mountain, where many of the teens they served are attending Bible College and are preparing for the ministry. After years of seeking the Lord's leadership regarding church planting, in January of 2019, the Lord confirmed His calling in Mark and Hannah's heart to plant a church in Boulder, CO. They are excited to embark on this journey of faith, to see souls saved, baptized, and discipled, and to see God plant a new church in the city of Boulder, CO.
Hannah graduated in 2010 prior to the completion of her family's deputation, enrolled at Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK, and also became a member at the Southwest Baptist Church pastored by Bro. Jason Gaddis. It was there that she met her husband, Mark Martinez, and they were married after her graduation on May 31, 2013. She joined her husband at Rocky Mountain Bible Baptist Church in Longmont, CO, where he had already been serving as youth pastor. They've continued in both the youth and music ministries for 7 years. God has also blessed them with two precious children, Jenna and Josiah.
Hannah had surrendered her life to the Lord back as a teenager during youth camp at Commonground Baptist Camp in Butler, PA where Bro. Kurt Skelly had been preaching that particular week. Then through God's evident leading of her relationship with Mark during college, God began to also burden her heart for church planting in the northern Colorado area. In January of 2019 at the Heartland Baptist Bible College's National Church Planting Conference, God made His call clear to both Mark and Hannah that He desired for them to plant a church in Boulder, CO. The Martinez family is excited about this new chapter in God's ministry for them and are eager to see God's continued working and plan for both their lives and the people of Boulder, CO.