Levi & Christy (Tate) Martin
Class of 2005
When Levi (’05) and Christy (Tate, '05) Martin left the classrooms of Life Pacific College, they probably didn’t expect the Lord to bring them back to Christian higher education. Now, both serving at Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon, they’re finding that God is leading them on an exciting journey. Here, Levi and Christy reveal their journey that breaks the mold of traditional ministry. In addition to serving at Multnomah University, Levi and Christy are also involved with The Oregon Community, a church plant by LIFE alum Ryan ('02) Saari. They are also working together with Ryan, fellow church members, as well as others from the community to establish a non-profit pub (organizationally separate from the church) with proceeds going toward non-profit organizations in the Portland area such as Habitat for Humanity, Portland Rescue Mission, and Compassion First.
Christy: “I can see how my education at LIFE, coupled with the work experience I was accumulating while I put myself through school, led directly to where I am now. My whole experience at LIFE was so critical to my spiritual, emotional, and mental development. When I was asked why I would want to work at Multnomah, I realized it was because I care about the whole Bible college experience. The biblical training I received at LIFE, the skills that I learned, and development I went through while I was there – those were all very transferrable skills I needed to progress in life.”
Levi: “I got what I expected from LIFE – ministry preparation – but what I never expected was the real academic preparation for graduate studies that I received. You just have to follow God one step at a time. He took me to LIFE and the ministry preparation, biblical studies, student ministries, and collaborative input from faculty I experienced built a foundation for a life of ministry.”
Christy: “For parents who are looking for the Bible college experience for their child, I would tell them that now is the time to really hold your children with completely open hands. I think going to Bible college, regardless of the vocation your child will eventually end up in, is an incredibly unique opportunity for personal development. While any college is great for a student’s growth, Bible college integrates that development with faith. Another benefit is that your child will have leaders who are really turning to God for everything, especially where students are concerned. I want parents to be reassured that their kids are in good hands and that they are making a great decision by choosing to go to Bible college; it is just one of the most life changing and potentially amazing experiences for a student. You may not directly use a Bible college degree in your employment, but you will use a Bible degree no matter what – because you need it for life.”
Levi: “Simply put, trusting God is no different if you find yourself working for a for-profit business, parachurch organization, non-profit agency, or overseas missions ministry. Trusting God is the same no matter what He requires of you. He is not surprised if you don’t follow a traditional model of ministry. God wasn’t shocked that I didn’t end up as a youth pastor. I was shocked, but not God. He knows what He’s doing. It wasn’t that youth and church ministry wasn’t where God was leading us – we were there for a while until He led us here – I think I had limited God with my own expectations.”
Christy: “When I was a student I failed to realize how much people invested in me. I know and trust that the same thing is happening in the lives of other students, alumni, and people who are part of the Kingdom here on earth. It’s exciting to see people grow and transform. LIFE was a big part of that for me.”