In loving memory of
A beautiful and moving memorial service was held on Saturday January 10, 2009 at Redeemer's
Church in Littlestown, Pennsylvania where Pastor Jim last served. Many testimonies of
the positive effect Jim's life had on the church and in the community at large were given.
Some of Pastor Jim's poetry was shared, as was his music.
Rev. James A. Martin 1948-2008
Pastor Jim, whose faith, vision, lyrics,
melodies, voice, and spirit permeate all aspects
of Everlasting Arms.
We are thankful
that the Lord placed us in each others' paths.
Friend, Husband, Father, Pastor, Mentor, Counselor, Inspiration,
Musical Partner and Collaborator, Poet, Lyricist, Melody Maker,
Lead Voice, Vision Caster, Example for us and our families on
how to live for Christ, and Driving Spiritual Force behind
Rest in peace, Jim.
We love you.
His recorded voice was heard singing
"On Broken Wings" and "Lo, I Am With You, Always".
Edward also shared
"In Memoriam" live at Meredith's request.
Jim's desire was for the music to live on.
STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE – The Rev. James A. Martin, 60, formerly of Westerleigh,
a past president of the Council of Churches on Staten Island and former pastor
of Immanuel Union United Church of Christ in Westerleigh, died Wednesday of
cancer at his home in Littlestown, Pa.
We intend to honor that commitment
to the best of our abilities.
From Jim's obituary in the
Staten Island Advance newspaper:
REV. JAMES MARTIN, 60
Friday, December 26, 2008
Staten Island Advance
Born in the Bronx, the reverend commonly known as "Pastor Jim" graduated from
Beloit College in Wisconsin, then received a master's degree from Beloit before
entering the U.S. Navy and serving four years at the War College in Newport, R.I.,
from 1971 to 1975. Following his stint in the Navy, Rev. Martin returned to school,
this time at the Bangor Theological Seminary in Bangor, Maine, where he received
his master's of divinity degree in 1978.
Rev. Martin served for 30 years in the ministry. His pastorates included Easton, Pa.,
Beacon Falls, Conn., and at Immanuel Union, which he headed from 1987 until 1995.
During that time, Rev. Martin resided on Ruth Street in Westerleigh with his wife,
the former Meredith Reed, and their two sons.
Rev. Martin received numerous certificates above the master's level.
He also led many groups and associations within the United Church of Christ
organization, including terms as president of the Council of Churches on
Staten Island, the Littlestown (Pa.) Ministerium, and the Gettysburg
Association of United Church of Christ in Gettysburg, Pa.
He spent his last years as pastor of Redeemer's United Church of Christ
During his leisure time, Pastor Jim penned Christian songs, some of which
were recorded and produced on a CD. He also wrote poetry, and enjoyed photography.
Along with his wife of 33 years, Meredith, surviving are his sons, Roderick
and Chad Martin, sisters Kitty Hernandez and Dora Ramos, and a brother,
Click on the picture below for a wonderful
newspaper article published in the
Hanover Evening Sun.
If you wish to send a letter or card to the family:
16 Park Ave.
Littlestown, PA 17340
Love to all,