Bishop Clayton Martin has been
appointed General Presbyter for the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean Islands.
The appointment came at the
International Assembly of the Church of God of Prophecy in Greensboro, North
Carolina, 27 July – 1 August.
The Church of God of Prophecy is an
international body of believers founded in 1903 under leadership of A.J.
Tomlinson. Today the church can be found in 125 nations worldwide. Its 1.5
million members are distributed in over 8,000 churches, 296 congregations in
Jamaica. There is one congregation, Victory Tabernacle, at 325 Eastern Avenue
in Grand Cayman.
Born in Hayes, Clarendon, Jamaica,
Mr. Martin is a graduate of Mico Teachers’ College and has done studies with
Christian Bible College North Carolina.
He is married to Sonia Foster, a teacher by profession, who has served
the church in the areas of Sunday School, broadcasting and mass media.
They have one daughter Sheree
This new promotion will mean Bishop
and Mrs. Martin will oversee the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean Islands from the
office, which will be on Grand Cayman.
He served the church in different
areas. In 1987 he was appointed Pastor of the church at Rockhole in the Cayman
Islands, where he led the congregation in spiritual and numerical growth.
During his tenure as pastor for the
Cayman Islands, Mr. Martin served on the Biblical Doctrine and Polity Committee
at the general office in Cleveland, Tennessee. In 1998, he was appointed as National
Overseer for Jamaica, Cayman Islands and Guyana; two years later he was given
supervision for the church in French Guiana.
He has facilitated the
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary from Boston Massachusetts, which sends
professors to Jamaica three times each year for training since January 2008.
Mr. Martin, along with 72 students are enrolled in the seminary. Eight of the
students are members of the church in Grand Cayman. Some of the students will
graduate in April 2011 with a diploma, while others are pursuing the Masters of
Arts in Urban Ministry.