Published: Friday, August 27, 2010 3:05 AM MST
is a good sport.
also has a splendid sense of humor.
reads this column, he
will need it.
Martin's day job is senior pastor of Desert Hills Lutheran Church
has been leading the congregation since 1993.
has had a most interesting life.
childhood was not the kind of experience that one would think could lead to a career in ministry.
parents divorced and Martin
, at a young age, was in residence with his
mother at her
Often times this arrangement can lead to problems and his
teen years proved to be difficult.
"I got into a spot of trouble when I was a young man," Martin
This led to a desperate plea for divine intervention.
"I received a feeling of peace at that moment that changed my life.
It was my first calling.
Subsequently, two more times I heard a distinct voice guiding me. All three were moments of grace," Martin
opens each service with a charge to his
parishioners that encapsules the special messages he
Julie (that would be Mrs. Overson
, aka the Boss) intervened.
"We decided to look into Green Valley.
It was right for us, we love it here."
can show you a side that one would not expect.
You might get the impression that Martin
, a man of the cloth, is cut from a different cloth.
really gets revved up (ouch!) when he
relives these adventures.
Well, you might expect that right about here, in this column, Old West history is going to creep in.
Also there is that matter of testing the Rev. Overson's
sense of humor.
When it was revealed that Martin
had a keen appreciation of the Old West and Arizona history,
The picture of Martin
up on the second floor tells the tale.
" Loved the story and love Martin
, everyone should get out of themselves to discover new and different areas of life not just the landscape either.
History has such good stories and Arizona has many.
Renee wrote on Aug 30, 2010 5:12 AM:
" When my husband and I moved to GV, we were invited to the church where Martin is pastor.
I experienced the peace there I had been searching to find.
I made a promise to Martin
, when we joined his
congregation, to contimue my faith journey, pray, and read the Bible every day.
I have kept that promise.
I think of you often, Martin
, and will keep you in my prayers.