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


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