Dustin and Mandy grew up serving in the local church as well as ministering to the lost both on and off the mission field. Together they have served in full time ministry since their marriage in the spring of 2005.
They have ministered to both students and adults in building a vibrant relationship with God and demonstrating the works of Jesus. Their call is to impart, establish and encourage the body of Christ in the mutual faith of Christ through the ministering of the Word of God.
Dustin’s earlier year were much like Mandy’s but state side. Dustin ran alongside his father and mother after their radical conversion to Jesus doing children’s ministry. As children pastors, every Saturday morning the Martin family was either practicing for Super Church or knocking on doors inviting kids through a growing bus ministry to church. There’s nothing like a child getting turned on to Jesus at a young age. Dustin graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center and also from Domata School of Missions at World Outreach Center in Tulsa Oklahoma.
In the spring of 2005 Dustin and Mandy were married and soon after took the college pastor position at Word of Life Center in Shreveport Louisiana for the next three years. In 2008 Dustin and Mandy moved to New Braunfels Texas and became the student pastors at Tree of Life Church. After working at Tree of Life for three and half years Dustin and Mandy sense a new direction coming. In August of 2010 the Lord spoke to Dustin’s heart saying, “One more step and I will launch you”. Of course this was a big statement with not a lot of detail so Dustin and Mandy began to seek the Lord to find out more about this “one more step.”
For the next six months God began speaking to Dustin and Mandy giving insight for the future. On February 14th of 2011 the Lord woke Dustin up and began to speak about the “one more step” He had mentioned earlier saying, “The next step has come, it is time for you to step down from your student pastor position”. Dustin recalls the moment as somewhat of a shock as he was not looking to leave his position, yet a sense of joy and excitement filled his heart for what God had for him and Mandy.
After talking with their Pastor in March of that same year, they knew it was important to walk out this transition with integrity and wisdom. Dustin and Mandy continued on staff for ten months making ready the student ministry for what was to come. During this time the Lord started giving some insight to what Dustin and Mandy were called to do. The Lord gave Dustin several scriptures to bring vision and purpose to this ministry.
First the Lord gave Dustin and Mandy Isaiah 50:4-5 which says, “The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned. 5 The Lord God has opened My ear; And I was not rebellious, Nor did I turn away.
Another verse that the Lord spoke to them about was from Exodus 4:12 and verse 15. Which reads, “Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say” and verse 15, “Now you shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth. And I will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and I will teach you what you shall do. The Lord said, “It was not by accident that you came onto these scriptures, for I will take my Word and put them into your mouth and show you what you shall SAY and DO.” Dustin and Mandy’s desire is to do just that, like Jesus, only say what they hear the Father say, and only do what they see the Father do.
The third verse the Lord spoke was our mission statement. Romans 1:11-12 which says, “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established— 12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. Dustin and Mandy are called to impart some spiritual gift so to establish and encourage the body of Christ in the mutual faith of Jesus Christ. (also seen in 1 Thessalonians 3:2b which reads, “and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith,)
In February of 2012 Dustin and Mandy made that step of faith to obey God and today are doing just that, establishing and encouraging the saints in the Word of the living God as Martin Ministries International Inc. They know time is short, Jesus is coming soon and He is coming back for a bride that is well, blessed and living in victory over every lie of the enemy!