Pastor Russell Martin and his wife, Erica, are both graduates of Pensacola Christian College, and Russell also earned a Master of Divinity from Pensacola Theological Seminary.

Throughout Russell’s college years, God gave him the desire to reach people for Christ in the western United States. After earning his master’s degree, Russell and Erica moved to Castle Rock, Colorado, and served Castleview Baptist Church in various positions for six years. Their two boys, Ezekiel and Ryder, were born during that time.

In 2013, God gave them the inspiration to reach southeastern Idaho for Christ, and by early 2016 God gave them the opportunity to start a church in Rexburg. Harvestview Baptist Church began on July 31, 2016.

Several years later, Russell and Erica still desire to reach each person with the good news that Christ came “to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)