Brenda Martin

Children’s Director (Marion)

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Bio


QUICK INTRO:

I grew up in Southern Illinois and got my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accountancy from Southern Illinois University. During college, I got married to Nick and starting in 2002, we spent seven years in the St. Louis area where I was an IT Auditor. We moved back to Southern Illinois in 2009, where I worked for SIU until 2015. In December 2015, I had the pleasure of becoming a stay at home Mom to my three kids. We now reside in Carterville.

NICKNAME:

Caleb’s mom, Elaina’s mom, Hailey’s mom

MINISTRY ROLE:

Children’s Director

FAMILY:

I’m married to Nick and we have three children: Caleb, Elaina and Hailey.

DREAM VACATION:

Any place warm where I can relax and read

REGULAR ORDER AT STARBUCKS:

None (I don’t drink coffee or go to Starbucks)

FAVORITE MOVIE:

Elf

LIFE MOTTO:

Don’t copy the behaviors and customs of this world

FAVORITE SCRIPTURE:

THINGS THAT FASCINATE ME:

Seeing people put others before themselves

PREVIOUS JOBS:

IT Auditor roles at various firms; Assistant Director of Audits/Executive Director of Compliance and Ethics at SIU

ONE THING THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME:

I’m an avid reader

I’VE BEEN IN MINISTRY SINCE:

2016

FAVORITE TV SHOW:

The Middle

WHEN AND WHERE DID YOU GET SAVED:

At home in Vienna, IL around the age of 9

WHAT SPORTS ARE YOU NOT GOOD AT:

All of them!

FAVORITE SINGER OR BAND:

Too hard to choose – I enjoy most all contemporary Christian music (but usually don’t actually remember who sings which song)

PET PEEVES:

People who don’t arrive on time

LIFE-CHANGING MOMENT:

Getting married, having kids

FEARS:

Snakes, tight spaces

FAVORITE BOOK(S):

The Bible, Simplify by Bill Hybels

PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE ME:

Those who live out experiencing God’s best for their lives not based on money, material things or recognition

QUIRKS:

I like everything to be organized

IN MY SPARE TIME:

I like to read and spend time with family

LEAST FAVORITE FOOD:

Any vegetable

WHAT/WHO MAKES YOU LAUGH?

My family

WHAT IS WEIRD ABOUT YOU?

I enjoy organizing things and staying on a schedule

THE MOST EXOTIC PLACE YOU HAVE EVER BEEN:

Myrtle Beach

THE MOST ADVENTUROUS THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE:

Went to Cartagena, Colombia for my job