Dr. John C. Martin was elected the Lead Pastor of Victorville First Assembly on Sunday, September 10, 2006. He has a heart to reach people for Christ and develop fully devoted followers of God!
Prior to coming to Victorville First Assembly, he served for 6.5 years as the senior pastor of Calvary Christian Assembly in Seattle, Washington. Pastor John has also pastored in Coulee City, Washington, and served as the executive director of the Division of Church Ministries for the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God.
Dr. Martin earned his B.A. at Northwest University located in Kirkland, Washington, his Master of Religious Education at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and his Doctor of Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Under Pastor John’s leadership at Victorville First Assembly of God, the church has expanded from one to six campus locations (Victorville, Apple Valley, Hesperia, Littlerock, Lucerne Valley and Orange County). Each high desert campus offers worship services in both English and Spanish. The church’s ministries have more than doubled in number and currently include the Feed My Sheep Food Bank, a School of Ministry, and Victor Valley Christian School, which is now in its 44th year.
Dr. Martin also serves on the Board of Trustees at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa and teaches organizational leadership at a local university extension as adjunct faculty. He has served as a presbyter in the SoCal Network of the Assemblies of God. In addition, he coached the Victor Valley Christian School golf team for four years and had the privilege of leading the team to the league championship three of those years. He was voted Coach of the Year for the Agape League of Southern California twice.
He previously served on the Pastors Advisory Board and the School of Nursing Advisory Board at Northwest University. He taught as adjunct faculty at Northwest University. He also served as Sectional Presbyter for the Northwest Ministry Network. Pastor John was selected as citizen of the year in Coulee City, Washington in 1996.
Pastor John and Ronda have been married for twenty-seven years. They have two children, Rachel and Joshua.