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Dr. Deborah M. Martin

Dr. Deborah M. Martin is the Pastor of New Chestnut Baptist Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Prior to accepting the call as pastor, Dr. Martin has had the pleasure of serving in various capacities, such as the Assistant Pastor of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Essex County, Virginia; the Educational Development Specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Virginia and the Executive Minister of the Queen Street Baptist Church Leadership Academy in Norfolk, Virginia. 

 

As the first African American female called to pastoral leadership in Hanover County, Virginia, Dr. Martin also serves as the 1st Vice Moderator and President of the Division of Clergy for the Chickahominy Baptist Association. She also serves as the Coordinator of Graduate Admissions and Development for the Virginia Union University's Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology in Richmond, Virginia where she is responsible for recruiting, alumni services, job placement and special events. She is an elected member of the Advisory Council of Student Resources for the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. 

 

Dr. Martin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from the University of North Florida, a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Union University's School of Theology and in December 2014 she graduated as a Curtis/Stewart Fellow from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio with a Doctor of Ministry degree concentrating on “The Impact of Cross-Gendered Mentoring Approaches: Mentoring Female Preachers". 

 

Dr. Martin is married to Rev. Donald Adams and together they have four beautiful children.

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