Our Founder and Executive Director


Reverend Doctor Nicole Martin was born and educated in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a triple major in Human and Organizational Development, Educational Studies, and French.

Dr. Martin received her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary where she was the recipient of the Jones Prize in Music and the Swink Prize in Preaching. During her time in seminary, she served as the Director of Evangelism at St. James AME Church in Newark, New Jersey and spent a summer in ministry at Mandalay Baptist Church in Cape Town, South Africa.  She earned a Doctor of Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with an emphasis on African American Redemptive Leadership.

Dr. Martin serves as the National Mobilizer with American Bible Society where she oversees scripture engagement work in cities across the US. She also teaches courses in Ministry and Leadership Development at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte. She is active in ministry at Kingdom Fellowship AME Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she supports the Discipleship Ministry.

Dr. Martin has been inducted into the prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Board of Preachers at Morehouse College.  Dr. Martin is a gifted writer and author of the books, Made to Lead: Empowering Women for Ministry and Leaning In, Letting Go, a 2019 Lenten devotional through Chalice Press.  Her writings have been featured in USA Today, Christianity Today, and The Charlotte Observer which listed her among the “Top Seven to Watch in 2011.” She was also named one of the “Top 40 Under 40 for 2017” by the Charlotte Business Journal.

Dr. Martin has been selected to participate in a variety of ministries locally and globally, including serving as a representative for the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Indonesia and as a co-convener for the National Evangelical-Jewish Conversations.  She is the newest member of the Board of Trustees for Gordon College and Executive Director of Soulfire International Ministries, which focuses on empowering others to reach their fullest potential in Christ.

Dr. Martin is married to her best friend, Dr. Mark Martin, and they have two beautiful daughters, Addison and Josephine.  Above all, she has a passion for God, a contagious excitement for the Gospel, and an insatiable desire that God be glorified in her life and in the world.