Martin, H.L. “Lindy” comment (0)
October 8, 2009
By Amy Grace Robertson
Mountain Brook Baptist Church
Birmingham Baptist Association
Favorite Hymn: “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”
Hobbies: Watching sports and piloting
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:28
Family Status: Married 53 years to Sue, six children and 10 grandchildren
At 77, H.L. “Lindy” Martin claims, “I’m still in it!” For the majority of his life, Martin has been a pastor, serving various capacities. He also worked at Samford University in Birmingham for more than 25 years, serving as the dean of the division of student services for 13. He currently serves as outreach consultant for Mountain Brook Baptist Church.
Q: How did you become a Christian?
A: I was raised in a Christian home and have known the Lord since the day I was born. I had a very nurturing Christian family. I made my public profession of faith when I was 12.
Q: When and how were you led into the ministry?
A: When I was about 8, I realized I had a strong desire (to minister). I got all the kids (from the area) together for services held under trees. I made it public at a Baptist Student Union convention in 1948 in Gastonia, N.C. I became a pastor by my second year in college; I was maybe 18.
Q: What do you get from the ministry?
A: Knowledge that Christians must be involved in ministry because so many people have spiritual and physical needs.
Q: What difference has being in ministry made in your life?
A: The more I’m involved, the more I realize how many people need help.
Q: What has been your favorite ministry opportunity?
A: For about 40 years, I had a ministry to Indian reservations. Up until recently, a lot of them were in poverty. I would collect money, food and clothes for people of the reservations.