About Immoderate

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.

The header art is by Rembrandt, Two Old Men Disputing 1628 (also known as Peter and Paul, courtesy the ARC Museum)

10 thoughts on “About Immoderate”

  1. Sorry, but I still don’t know what this blog is about. Care to loop me in?

  2. Ah, must be Southwestern.

  3. Actually Justin, I think Immoderate has told us not only about him/herself but also exactly what we can expect from this blog.

  4. Dear Ryan,
    I replied to the comments about Al Martin months ago. I was surprised that people were still commenting about his ministry. I am glad you stopped taking more comments. I like your blog would like to ready more things.

    I too went to a fundamentalist school in the 70’s called Denver Baptist Bible College. It finally closed and was swallowed up in Failth Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa. I am still recovering from my training there. I graduated from DBBC in 1978 and went to Denver Seminary and graduated from what was then called Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary in 1982. Good school, but I would say I am more in line with Reformed Baptist at this point in my life, yet I go to a PCA church in Duluth, Georgia. I’ll be reading.

  5. FYI — You may already be aware of it, but if not, you might be interested to know that John Sailhamer’s new book, The Meaning of the Pentateuch, uses the same picture for its cover as you do for you blog.


  6. Interesting blog-peace Jonny

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  8. Pastor Matome Solomon Mabale said:

    Need a teaching about a prayerful man which was preached today 13 March 2016 between 07:00 and 08:00.If there is a cd or dvd will gladly buy it.It was on radio pulpit

  9. Cezane & Michelle said:

    You have my support through my follow. I like the contents your bring forth in your blog! Keep going Bud! – Cezane

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