About Alex Martin

Alex MartinGreetings! And thanks for checking out my blog.

I’m Alex Martin – and I’m the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Now just in case you didn’t know it, Mount Airy is the home of Andy Griffith and is the inspiration for the fictional town of Mayberry; where Andy, Opie, Aunt Bea, Deputy Fife and a cast of other memorable characters made quick work of all life’s dilemmas in the wholesome television programming of my youth. Alas, life is no longer as simple as it once was…not even in Mayberry. But even though the community has grown since its Andy Griffith days, it still retains a small-town charm. You can still get a haircut at Floyd’s Barber Shop; you can still get a pork chop sandwich at the Snappy Lunch; and – if you’re lucky – you can still get a tour of Mayberry from a Barney Fife impersonator.

Given this idyllic setting, my blog’s title — Rural Rev — is intended to communicate a couple of meanings. I suppose the most obvious implication  is “Rural Reverend,” which (on a good day)  is what I am. But I also hope that buried in there somewhere is the idea of “Rural Revolution,” which is something of which I’d like to be a part. Rural communities may be full of small churches. But they’re also full of great people with great faith in a great God, and I believe that revolutionary things can happen when we open our hearts to God and each other and engage fully in His mission in the world.

I’m a graduate of The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia (BA in Economics) and of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky (M. Div). Before becoming the pastor at Calvary Baptist, I spent thirteen years as a collegiate minister with the Virginia Baptist Mission Board and seven years as the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Marshville, North Carolina. I’m married to Teresa — a native of Durham, North Carolina, and a creative and loving companion of whom I am completely unworthy. We have one beautiful child — Windham Olivia — who demonstrates talent and intelligence beyond her years. I enjoy cycling, reading, singing, playing with computers and occasional efforts to stay in shape.

Feel free to email me at pastoralex4 @ gmail.com (remove spaces).

6 thoughts on “About Alex Martin

  1. Alex,
    We share a commonality as pastors of rural churches. I stumbled on your blog today, and I have a similar one as well. I went to Southeastern, went to church at the Summit in Durham while there, and now serve as a pastor at Little Mountain Baptist in Wellford, SC. I will bookmark you. I have another SBC friend in rural Kentucky with a similar passion as you for the rural church. His blog is Rural Route Church (www.ruralchurch.wordpress.com). Mine is http://www.ruralamericanpastor.wordpress.com. Nice to meet you.


  2. Pastor Alex, it is good to finally find you after 20 years. I was at UGA when you were the campus minister there. Would love to catch up with you sometime. Send me an email and we can exchange numbers and we can catch up. I live in Atlanta in the Buckhead Community.



  3. AMartin4! It’s amazing what a little Internet search for “Alex Martin Windham” can bring up. I cannot believe Windham is 7. Wow.

    Glad you’re doing well. Think of you and your years at UR often!

    Jessie (Schumann) Weaver

  4. Alex, as a member of your “congre-cultur” I must say your desire for excellence and order are obvious and appreciated by all. I particularly appreciated your massage this Sunday making the demand that we refocus out mission as a church. That being of course soul winning. As we are about to complete the new building I believe as you do that our potential for ministry will increase dramatically. The “rural” area in which we live will require us to form “visiting teams” to canvas the area around the church to minister to people in there homes and invite them to church. It’s a simple growth mechanism exampled by Paul and the other apostles as they “went house to house breaking bread (the gospel). Unfortunately we Christian are being beat at our own game by the Mormons and JWs.

  5. Glad to see you found your place in Mount Airy. My wife and i say Hello and tell your wife and Windham we miss them both … Oh and you as well.. We are on facebook if you care to come and talk .. again nice to see you in a pastorate again Alex

  6. I am somewhat behind on reading your blog. Julie made comment how much she enjoys your writing. Since I was here I thought I would read the “About” section (just to see if there were any surprises, but there are not). I did like your analogy of the Rural Rev and came up with another spin on that. It could also be Rural Revelation. A revelation that is down to earth, simple, and plain, yet powerful in the message that it carries. A revelation that can help support the revolution.

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