Chris Martin serves as Executive Director/Treasurer of the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, a network of over 153 churches, missions and church plants throughout Hawaii, the South Pacific and Asia. The churches of the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention are found on all of the major Hawaiian Islands, the Islands of Samoa and American Samoa, Guam, Saipan, Okinawa, and in the nations of Korea, Japan and Thailand. The Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention is one of the 42 State Conventions of churches associated with the Southern Baptist Convention.
Born in Louisiana, Chris was raised in the heritage and understanding of Southern Baptist life and believes in the incredible work of Southern Baptists together through the Cooperative Program. Chris has served as pastor in Louisiana, Florida and since 2005-2013, in Hawaii, most recently as pastor of Lahaina Baptist Church on Maui.
Chris received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana/Monroe, his Master of Divinity degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and his PhD in World Christian Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Chris has been married to his wonderful wife, Wendy since 1991. Being extremely proud of his children, he has two; Taylor (and husband, Paul) and Zachary (and Paige), with two beautiful grand-daughters, Meleana and Hazel.
Chris enjoys being with his wife and family, as well as resourcing, encouraging and working with churches – his hobbies are golf, fishing, surfing and most outdoor sports – and loves football season!