I am Ryan Martin. I am thankful to serve as the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Granite Falls, Minnesota. One of the reasons I blog is found in the words of Augustine: “I count myself one of the number of those who write as they learn and learn as they write” (Letters cxliii.2).
I was born to parents who were members of a church in rural Illinois called the Apostolic Christian Church, an Anabaptist denomination most akin to the Mennonites. In the ﬁrst grade my mother and father enrolled me in a Baptist Christian school in central Illinois. It was through the ministry of this Christian school that I heard and believed the gospel. In late grade school, my parents became members of the Baptist church connected with that school. I attended Northland Baptist Bible College (now Northland International University), majoring in sacred music with a minor in pastoral studies. After a year of traveling and marrying my fair wife, I moved to the Minneapolis area and enrolled at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, from which I received the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. We spent some time in Hendersonville, North Carolina, where I served on the staff of Bethany Bible Church. In 2013 I answered the call to serve as the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Granite Falls, Minnesota. I have children too.
I am also a semi-weekly contributor to the Religious Affections Blog.