Pastor Russell Martin and his wife, Erica, are both graduates of Pensacola Christian College, and Pastor Martin also earned a Master of Divinity from Pensacola Theological Seminary. Throughout his college years, Pastor Martin gained experience by serving as an intern in several churches. After earning his master’s degree, Pastor Martin and Erica moved to Castle Rock, Colorado, and served Castleview Baptist Church in various positions for six years.
In 2013, God began to give them a burden to reach southeastern Idaho, specifically the Rexburg area. They moved out to Rexburg with the goal of starting Harvestview Baptist Church on July 31, 2016. Their desire for this area is to reach each person with the good news that Christ came “to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)
God has blessed them with two boys, Ezekiel and Ryder.