About Jim Martin

This blog “A Place for the God-Hungry” is where I share thoughts about life, ministry, marriage, parenting, leadership and ministry. I have been writing this blog since 2004. More than anything, I want this to be an encouraging place.

I serve as Vice President of Harding School of Theology (January 2014) in Memphis, Tennessee.


Early Years

I was raised in Dallas, Texas. I graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Business Management. Later, I studied at Heritage Christian University (Formerly International Bible College) for two years, Abilene Christian University (M.Div.), and Harding School of Theology (D.Min.).


Ministry Background

For 36 years, I preached primarily for three congregations: College Church of Christ, Florence, Alabama (1982-1990); Gladstone Church of Christ, Kansas City, Missouri (1990-1993); and Crestview Church of Christ, Waco, Texas (1993-2013).

I am a Mentoring Partner for Hope Network Ministries and regularly lead mentoring groups.



Charlotte and I have two daughters and a son-in-law. Christine and her two boys, Brody and Lincoln live in Memphis. Cal and Jamie (and their baby due in December) live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


What I like

  • Great coffee
  • Working out at the gym
  • Cinnamon scones (or most anything else with cinnamon)
  • Cooking on my smoker or grill
  • Reading online newspapers each morning
  • Playing with Brody and Lincoln
  • Eating Mexican (Tex-Mex) or Italian food
  • Eating warm chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookies
  • Eating Biscoff cookies with coffee
  • Being near the ocean
  • Eating excellent pork or beef barbecue
  • Watching the Dallas Cowboys and the Baylor Bears
  • Exploring new towns and communities
  • Riding my bike
  • Reading the Saturday edition of the Wall Street Journal
  • Keeping up with football news and standings (both NFL and College) during the season
  • Going to favorite places such as Fairhope, Alabama
  • Enjoying certain bookstores such as Square Books (Oxford, Mississippi) and Page and Palatte Bookstore (Fairhope, Alabama)
  • Traveling with Charlotte
  • Enjoying cold thick banana pudding
  • Reading in a great coffee shop
  • Being with our daughters and son-in-law
  • Getting an unexpected phone call from a friend who just wants to “catch up.”
  • Having the opportunity to ask a number of questions of someone whom I have admired for a long time



  1. Hi Jim,

    It was great meeting you today at the College Presidents Breakfast.

    I’ve a few your posts just now. Very encouraging words that I will be helpful in everyday living. I’ve subscribed and will be sharing the blog posts with some friends and coworkers.

    I look forward to seeing you and again at a future gathering.

    Peace & Blessings,
    Renee McCreight

    1. Dear Brother Jim –
      I have accidently found your Blog & website, etc and I have enjoyed the blessings you have shared !
      I intend to share your information with other Believers , and I want to personally thank you for
      your great posts, thoughts, and personal insights in the areas of Ministry, Marriage and Family ;
      May God bless you each day !

  2. Brother Martin,
    I’m so glad I found you on the internet, because I was trying to find your address to write you.
    I’m Ross Alphin a member of Christ Church in Millington Tenn. I thank God you are one of us (a servant of God) he is truly working through you and it is such a blessing to be a witness of his work in you. I truly love the days when you teach at Millington. I can barely stay in my seat. I’ve wanted for so long to express this, but my duties require me to be absent after Church and can’t socialize. I thanked God today for the message today so eloquently delivered. Thank you and may God bless you in every step of your journey here. Thank you for your devotion to God; it truly helps me in mine.

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