Rev Chris Martin
Welcome to the Churches 4All Mission Community website. I’m Chris and I am the priest-in-charge of the Mission Community, which comprises the villages of Whimple, Talaton, Clyst Hydon and Clyst St Lawrence. I’m married to Tina and together we have three growing up daughters, Em, Anna and Katie, which is largely why I have lost most of my hair (making me look older than I really am) and why my wallet is usually empty!
I discovered that God was real whilst at university in Bristol aged 19. I still love sharing my story about how that happened. I felt called to ordination almost immediately but my vicar gave me some sound advice…go and get a proper job first! So I did and finished my degree before training as a Chartered accountant. After 6 years in an accountancy practice, I then spent 9 years in financial training before the call to ordination returned, as I knew it would, and trained for ministry at Trinity College Bristol before being ordained in 2009, serving my curacy in rural south Norfolk.
I’m a passionate Welshman and, as a result, a love of rugby union, singing and Brains beer appear to flow in my bloodstream. I like to describe myself as just an ordinary chap and a rubbish Christian, who by grace has found some faith in an extraordinarily loving, faithful and forgiving God.
I hope to have the chance to welcome you to one of the churches here and pray that you too might know the grace of God as you visit.