A memorial service for the Rev. B.F. Martin will be held today (Wednesday, July 4) at 6 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church in Monroe.
A homegoing celebration will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 5, 2012 at St. Rest Baptist Church in Minden. Interment will follow at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Paincourtville. The Rev. Martin will lie in state, beginning at 8 a.m.
Dr. Martin began his services to mankind and humanity by serving as vocational teacher, high school principal, Farm Security Administrator and County Agent. He was called into the gospel ministry in 1944 and began serving as pastor in Homer in 1945.
Benjamin F. Martin, the son of Joseph and Andrian Martin holds a B.A. Degree from Southern University; a B.T.H. Degree from Coleman College; B. R. E. Degree from United Theological Seminary, Monroe and a D.D. Degree from Burton College and Seminary, Manitou Springs, Colorado.
Dr. Martin exhausted much of his mental, spiritual and physical energies working with groups, organizations and individuals whose purpose and aims are bettering the living conditions of all people. He was active in local, state, national and international affiliations. He traveled extensively throughout the United States and foreign countries preaching, teaching, and witnessing for Christ and His kingdom.
In 1958 and 1959, he was selected as one of an evangelistic team sponsored by the Southern Baptist Convention to go to Jamaica, British West Indies on a missionary tour. In 1963 and 1972, Dr. Martin traveled throughout the European countries visiting the Holy Land and many other points of interest to the Christian religion. In 1964, Rev. Martin was appointed by the U. S. Department of Agriculture to the Civil Rights Commission. He served in this position until 1968. In 1977 and 1980 he traveled again to Liberia Africa where he conducted a Pastor's Institute for the Liberian Baptist Theological Seminary. He has also conducted seminars and institutes throughout the United States.
Dr. Martin served as president of the United Theological Seminary and Bible College, Monroe. This seminary has 19 extension centers in nine states. After 55 years of pastoring, he retired after pastoring at Saint Rest Baptist for 46 years. He later served as lecturer, teacher, evangelist and interim pastor.
Dr. Martin was a family man, the husband of the late Hilda Martin, the father of six children, 24 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He was loved throughout Louisiana, the United States and many foreign countries, as a gospel preacher, evangelist, humanitarian and a lovable character.
Dr. Martin has received numerous awards for his energetic and dynamic leadership, dedication and his evangelistic and humanitarian services. Included among them:
June 8, 1979 - received a congratulatory plaque from President Carter for special service to mankind.
1988 - Victor T. Glass Award for 19 years of Distinguished Service Award in Educational Ministries Through the Black Church Relations Department. Presented by the Home Mission Board, S. B. C.
February 21, 1992 - Received a plaque of recognition of 35 years of Dedicated service as President of The United Theological Seminary and Bible College in Monroe.
The Leland College Distinguished Award.
1993 - NAACP Man of the Year.
1995 - Minden Lions Club Man of the Year.
La. Baptist State Convention - Living Legends Award.
Services are in care of Miller-Pioneer Funeral Home of Minden.