Born in North Carolina and raised in Tennessee, Marty heard the gracious call of God and set out on his faith journey in a country church beside the river at the base of Holston Mountain. The quest to appropriate this new life in Christ took him to Greenville where he graduated from Bob Jones University. After graduation, his path forward brought many twists and turns. While playing guitar and singing in a local restaurant, Marty met Beth and they married in 1984. Marty soon began working in the field of engineering and design, which he continues to do presently.
It was through the blessing of children, Phillip and Shelley, that the Lord began to refine Marty and Beth’s understanding of the Gospel, and through the community of faith at Fellowship Greenville, they became involved in local church ministry. They began to serve in music and hospitality areas, and later helped to launch Crossroads Community Church in Simpsonville.
Through the ministry of the local church and The River, the primacy and centrality of the Word of God has become a constant and prominent theme in their lives. Marty joined the board in 2017 and considers it is a great privilege to serve on The River board to help spread love for this Word which reveals to us the living Christ. His desire for others to be grounded in the scriptures and make much of Jesus is a major reason for serving on the board.