Martin Mallory is originally from the town of Blissfield located in Southeast Michigan. He grew up enjoying life in the Midwest with the influences of small town agricultural life and strong family values. Martin’s undergraduate degree in psychology and social work was earned at Eastern Michigan University in 1985. He worked as Assistant Program Director at a group home for adolescent boys near Detroit before moving to Wilmore Kentucky in 1987 to attend Asbury Theological Seminary. In the winter of the same year, Martin married his wife, Sharon who is from the same hometown in Michigan. Martin earned his Master of Divinity degree from Asbury in 1991. In 1992 he earned his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kentucky.
Martin established Manna Counseling Service in 1993. Since that time he has served clients with a multitude of issues and has spoken to diverse groups on a variety of emotional, spiritual and relational issues. In January of 2001, Martin added a second office in Shelbyville Kentucky in cooperation with Living Waters Church.
Martin has played drums for worship bands of multiple configurations since 1981. Together with his band mates, he has traveled regionally providing music and worship in concert, church services, conferences and seminar settings. Additionally, Martin has served as a member of the worship team at the church he attends in Wilmore, Great Commission Fellowship. He also served his church as an Elder for 15 years and has previously served as Coordinator of Counseling Ministry. In 2010 Martin was ordained by his local church in recognition of his call to ministry through counseling.
Martin is a charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He served as a member of the Board of Directors for Ichthus Ministries, Inc from 1992 until 2009. In addition to the regular duties of the Board, Martin also served the ministry by providing professional counseling services during the annual 4-day festival. Martin has served as a part time faculty member at Asbury University, and currently holds the position of Affiliate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Asbury Theological Seminary.
One of Martin’s ministry passions is care for missionaries. Besides making this a part of his regular professional practice locally, Martin also travels outside the country regularly to provide care to missionaries on the field. He also provides training for indigenous pastors, church planters, counselors and Christian leaders. He serves as a consultant to GO International in Wilmore, Kentucky and as a member care consultant for Cornerstone International, also in Wilmore Kentucky
In his spare time, Martin enjoys being outdoors. Hiking and fishing are high on his list of favorite recreational activities.