CARE is excited to announce the appointment of Tim Martin as our new Director of CARE in Northern Ireland.
Tim’s role will include taking a leading role in promoting CARE’s work throughout Northern Ireland, equipping and encouraging churches and individuals to get involved in supporting the most vulnerable in society by actively engaging positively in public life.
CARE in Northern Ireland is the Northern Ireland branch of the social policy charity Christian Action Research and Education. CARE in Northern Ireland have been actively involved in speaking out on issues such as gambling, abortion, pornography, assisted suicide and human trafficking.
Last year we teamed up with Naked Truth Project and held The P Word conference at Belfast Bible College to help equip church leaders to tackle pornography addiction that’s impairing congregations and communities. The event was well attended by many church leaders across Northern Ireland.
Tim was previously Pastoral Care Pastor at Bangor Elim and is a qualified counsellor, holding a bachelor’s degree in theology and various certificates in Counselling. Tim is married to Kim and lives in Donaghadee. The family worship at Shore Street Presbyterian Church.
Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide supported and prayed for the Martin family through the #prayforjosh campaign when their teenage son, Joshua, was diagnosed with cancer. He sadly passed away last year aged 15 but his courage, testimony and faith continue to inspire and encourage people of all ages and walks of life. Over the past year, Tim and his family and friends have raised almost £30k in memory of Joshua, the funds being donated to the NI Children’s Hospice and to local families in need via social services, Surestart and Barnardo’s.
Tim and Kim’s youngest son David is aged 15 and attends Bangor Grammar School.
Tim became a Christian as a child aged 8 and has been blessed with Christian parents, mentors and friends throughout his Christian journey. His hobbies include skiing, running, board games and adrenaline rollercoasters.
Before entering full time ministry, Tim ran his own business in Belfast for almost 10 years and worked for many major retailers prior to setting up his own business.
CARE in Northern Ireland Director, Tim Martin
“I decided to apply to become Director of CARE in Northern Ireland because I was attracted to the ethos and values at the heart of CARE. I passionately believe it is important for the local church to speak up for the vulnerable and engage in public life in Northern Ireland. My hope and ambition is to help to equip local churches right across Northern Ireland to make a difference in our society.”
“As a former pastor I know the difficulties that church leaders face in how they can resource their church on so many different issues as well as complete all their other duties, therefore I’m really excited to partner with churches to help them engage as effectively as they can.”
CARE Chief Executive Nola Leach
“It’s so important that individuals and communities feel informed and empowered to contribute positively to public life, therefore CARE is thrilled to continue to invest in Northern Ireland.”
“We are very excited to welcome Tim to CARE. He’s going to be a great asset not only to the work that we’re involved in, but by being on the ground in Northern Ireland, partnering with churches and congregations, making a real positive difference.”