My name is Pastor Marty and I have the honor and privilege of serving as the Lead Pastor of Celebration UMC. My story begins about fifteen miles east of Brandon in Hills, MN. I grew up in the Lutheran Church where I attended Sunday School and confirmation. After confirmation, I took a hiatus from the church until my senior year of college. I was introduced to Jesus by a man who showed me the love of Christ at one of my most difficult seasons of life. This man took me into his home, introduced me to a relationship with Jesus, and mentored me in my walk with Jesus simply because he was living out his calling to make disciples for Christ. It is because of this man that I am a Christ follower, a husband, a father, and a Pastor today.

Following college, I became active in my church and started a youth group where I eventually became a part-time Youth Pastor. Also at this time, I became a part of a ministry called Young Life where the mission was to introduce kids to Christ and help them grow in their faith. After a season of being on staff at both the church and Young Life, I was awarded the opportunity to become the Area Director of Sioux Falls Young Life. As Area Director, my responsibilities included spiritual development, financial development, leadership development, direct ministry, and administrative tasks for the mission of Young Life. My years of leadership with Young Life prepared me for the next step in my journey of becoming a pastor in the United Methodist Church. For three years, I was the pastor at Unite Church in Salem, SD where we saw dramatic growth both numerically and spiritually. It was in July of 2019 when my family and I accepted the call to Celebration UMC.

My hope is that each of us will share our stories with each other and develop a community that becomes a family. As a family, we will go and tell the world about Jesus through our words and deeds. Thank you for allowing me to lead you in this journey and for the pleasure of serving you in your walk with Jesus.

Blessings, Pastor Marty