Baptist College of Florida grad earns Jackson County honor
Apr 2, 2014

HONORED BCF Graduate Gary Martin was ed Citizen of the Year for Jackson County. BCF photo

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—Earlier this year, Gary Martin, 1986 graduate of The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville, was honored with the prestigious title of Citizen of the Year in Jackson County.

Gary’s wife, Jan Martin, said the couple was surprised at the honor. Martin said he didn’t know he had been nominated until Jan. 28, and was called the following day and invited to a Jan. 30 banquet where he received the title. 

“Gary has a heart for people,” Jan Martin said. “He tries within the school and church to meet people’s needs. God has laid it on his heart to minister to all people and to meet their needs.” 

One of the ways Martin reaches out to the community is by providing free meals to approximately 80 kids every Wednesday night and breakfast on Sunday mornings at their church, Jan Martin said. Gary Martin’s next big project is called Bicycle Sunday, March 16, where he and several others are restoring old bicycles and plan to give them to children whose families can’t afford them.

Upon receiving the title of Jackson County Citizen of the Year, Martin did not take any credit for himself, but said, “I give all the credit to the Lord Jesus Christ who empowers me each day to be the salt of the earth.”

Martin currently serves as the pastor of Southern Community Fellowship and teaches sixth grade history and science at Cottondale High School. His nomination came from Michele Syfrett, who is a member of his church and whose daughter is a student at Cottondale High School. Jan Martin, is the administrative assistant to the vice president for development at The Baptist College of Florida. Gary’s father, Ben Martin, graduated from BCF in 1973.

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