Reverend David F. Martin, his ministry
the Winter warm, during a long Winter evening,
Reverend and Mrs. David Martin of the Apple Creek United
Methodist Church retrace a past summer vacation.
Reverend Martin originally set out to be
a teacher. He holds a bachelor's degree in education
from Kentucky University. "I enrolled at the United
Theological Seminary in Dayton with no special plans
except to give it a try for a while to see if I might be
suited to a parish ministry". He came to ACUMC in July,
1975, after three years as associate pastor of Main
Street United Methodist Church in Mansfield Ohio.
"Being a part of the staff at a large
church is much different than being in charge of a
smaller church" he said. "In a smaller church you are
better able to sense the "pulse" of the people". "This
is where I see my role, to help teach and give people
opportunities to better learn what the Christian life is
Mrs. Martin is the former Jeanne Ellen
Chiseck of Cincinnati Ohio, just across the Ohio River
from Reverend Martin's boyhood town of Florence
Kentucky. Mrs. Martin is an accomplished painter
of plaques. Reverend Martin and Jeanne had three
children, Chad, Beth and Craig. When weather allows,
David and family may
be seen bicycling in their Clay Street hilltop
neighborhood. They also enjoy canoeing in local rivers
and hiking at the Stark Wilderness Center.
During Reverend Martin's ministry, the
old parsonage on Clay Street was sold for $32,000. A new
parsonage was purchased on Emerson Road for $45,500.
In February of 1976, the church hired
their first secretary, Shirley Watjen, for 5 hours a
week, not to exceed $468. per year.
Photo on right was
taken on June 11th, 1979.
This photo was taken as Reverend Martin
transferred to the LaBelle View United Methodist Church
in Steubenville Ohio. He had served here at ACUMC for
four years from July 1975 until July 1979.
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