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Martin, Charles L.comment (0)

April 17, 2008


Retired pastor and Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM) missionary Charles L. Martin Jr. died March 8. He was 85.

Martin led the Baptist Campus Ministries office of the SBOM from 1977 to 1988. In this role, he worked with campus ministers on 35 Alabama college campuses.

Prior to working for the SBOM, Martin was pastor of Parker Memorial Baptist Church, Anniston, 1962–1976, and First Baptist Church, Oxford, 1952–1956.

In between these two pastorates, he and his wife, Anne, served in Japan. Martin served as associate secretary of the youth department of the Japan Baptist Convention and worked with college students in Tokyo, where he led in the creation of a student center.

A native of Fort Payne, Martin received his undergraduate degree from Howard College (now Samford University) in Birmingham and divinity and theology degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He received an honorary doctorate from Judson College in Marion.

Martin served in the Air Force during World War II, flying 31 missions over Japan, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his efforts.

He was preceded in death by his wife and is survived by three children and four grandchildren. (TAB)

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