The Martin Family - clockwise from the bottom:
Meredith, Rod, Chad, and Pastor Jim
The late Pastor Jim
was born in the Bronx, New York City. When he was seven
years old, his mother died after a long illness. It was in the same year that
he was called into ministry.
After 30+ years of ministry,
his twin goals are still relevant:
1. "In Christ," to bring all sinners to the table;
2. And to seek unity through the Grace offered in Christ Jesus who saves us.
During the course of ministry, Pastor Jim has used God's gifts, for God's purposes,
through worship – including Word and Song, pastoral care – including essays written,
counseling shared, and visitation – including chaplaincy, he has tried to exemplify
living what Christ continues to teach.
Jim had the privilege of being married to Meredith for 33 years, and together
they have been blessed with two boys, Chad and Roderick. Jim last served as
Pastor of Redeemer's United Church of Christ in Littlestown, Pennsylvania. Jim
played guitar, as does Meredith, who also plays the banjo. Their music has always
been a part of their ministry wherever they have served.
"We believe the music has an integrity of its own beyond the composers, and hope
that the songs will be heard and will heal in the name of Jesus Christ. In song,
the Word becomes flesh and dwells among us. Our hope is that this music will
be a real blessing to all that hear it."
The Jerlin Family - left to right:
Kirsten, Zander, Lauren, and Edward
Edward was born in Staten Island, and has been
playing and writing music as long as he can remember.
Though his primary axe is piano-keyboards, Edward also plays drums and bass, and
continues to teach himself guitar.
His musical influences include The Beatles, Yes, ELP, Billy Joel, Queen, Kansas,
Genesis, and "progressive rock" in general. He
has been in and out of too many bands and musical situations to count, but the most
memorable ones are his time with the "Sing" bands during high school,
"G-FORCE" during college, a 3+ year run with
"Grin & Bare It",
and over a decade playing with the
worship band at the church he used to attend.
He accepted Jesus as his Savior at a "Good News" clue at a young age.
His faith and relationship with God was rekindled during his college years.
After graduating, he returned to the church he grew up in,
where Jim had recently become the new pastor. It was during this time that
they struck up a musical partnership that endured through time and distance.
Jim showed Edward that his music and faith could be integrated and that
the music could have a greater purpose.
Edward used to work at 1 World Trade Center.
The events of September 11, 2001
had a profound effect on his life and on his faith.
Edward has the privilege of being married to Kirsten since 1993, and together they
have been blessed with two children, Zander and Lauren.
Meredith, Kirsten, and Edward are committed to recording and sharing the remainder
of Jim's music, however long it takes, God willing. Thankfully, Jim's
vocal tracks have for the most part been completed and are awaiting the completion
of the musical accompaniment and backing vocals. There are also tentative plans
to publish Jim's poetry and lyrics in book form and/or set more of it to music.
The Future of Everlasting Arms
Completing this music has been a labor of love.
It is also extra time we've been able to spend with Jim, for which
we are thankful. We hope that these songs uplift those who hear
them and that they will glorify God as Jim wanted.
Everlasting Arms currently has plans to release at least two more CD projects,
in addition to a possible Christmas-themed EP.
You can read more about them by clicking on the pictures: