Pastor Bio


Reverend John V. Martin was appointed as pastor of the Rose Hill United Methodist Church on July 1, 2014. Prior to being appointed to the Rose Hill church, he served churches in Douglass, Salina, Sterling, Rock, Wichita and Winfield–all in Kansas.

Rev. Martin’s primary focus in the church is the people. He says: “I enjoy the people of the church. Their lives and their ministry are important since the church is the people. The people are the church and God’s movement is primarily in and through people, including each and every one of us.”

Rev. Martin grew up in Winfield, KS where he graduated from Winfield High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwestern College in Winfield, a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY and a Master of Education from Wichita State University in Wichita, KS. He was ordained an Elder in the Kansas West Annual Conference (now the Great Plains Annual Conference) of the United Methodist Church in 1980.

Rev. Martin’s wife, Sharon Martin, teaches Journalism at Wichita East High School in Wichita, KS. His daughter, Anne, lives in Atlanta, GA where she teaches 3rd grade and son, Alex, lives in Wichita.

Reading and trying to play golf are two things Rev. Martin enjoys in addition to being a pastor in the local church.

He is the Chairperson of the Steering Committee for Kansas Interfaith Power and Light, an affiliate of the national Interfaith Power and Light group, which seeks to care for our creation focusing on energy conservation, energy efficacy, and renewable energy.