Pastor Larry Martin
Larry was born in and raised in Vancouver, BC and so he come by his love for west coast living naturally. Larry attended the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Burnaby, graduating with a major in Financial Management before spending 5 years managing estates and trusts for Canada Trust and Canada Permanent Trust in Vancouver where he met his wonderful wife Sharon.
God then called Larry back to school in Caronport, Saskatchewan where he attended Briercrest College, graduating with a BA in Theology. Larry and Sharon returned to Langley BC where Larry served in the church and formed and operated a house painting business. In 1988 he returned to seminary part time in ACTS before moving to Chicago and Trinity Divinity School where he received his MDiv. After 13 years in Thunder Bay, Ont., as an Associate and then Lead Pastor, Larry’s journey to Campbell River was complete.
Pastor Larry joined Discovery in July 2008, and has been privileged to serve this wonderful church family as they moved into their first permanent church home in 2009. To God’s great glory the gifts and transformation enabled by God have been truly exquisite. Today this renovated theatre provides a dynamic, exciting church home for Discovery. We are just beginning to develop and experience the exciting future God has for us here.
Larry is passionate about introducing people to Jesus Christ. Though we often fail to recognize it, this is the greatest need of every human being, to encounter and experience the living God, full of grace and mercy. Larry considers it a deep privilege to serve God’s people and the city of Campbell River and to weekly open the Word of God to bring a rich clear understanding of the Word and an encounter with our Lord and Saviour.
Larry and his wife, Sharon, have three children, Jeanine, Ross (married to our great daughter-in-law, Jessica) and Alex. To our supreme gratitude, all three are continuing to love and serve God today, and we prayerfully long to see them becoming the men and women God has created them to be.
Larry’s Life Verse: Philippians 2:10 & Ephesians 2:1-10
Larry’s Favourite Quote: "He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." -Jim Elliot
Larry’s Favourite Past times: Following the Toronto Blue Jays, growing roses, doing some genealogical research, playing table games (Catan, Dominion, Acquire, etc.) and walking our sheltie, Disney, along the sea walk.
Larry’s Books He is Reading: Your Church is Too Safe, by Mark Buchanan & the Third Target, by Joel Rosenberg.
Larry’s Musical Taste: Contemporary Christian Worship music & the Oldies but goodies
Larry’s Passion for DCC: That God would glorify Himself in Discovery and in Campbell River as each individual is enlivened by the joy of Holy Spirit as they daily encounter the grace and power of Jesus working in their lives.