The Martins have been missionaries with the Assemblies of God for 20 years. Their passion is making Christ known by the training of National pastors and leaders among the Indigenous peoples of Ecuador specifically targeting the Quichua nation. Allen is Director of the Bible Seminary in Riobamba. Both are involved in church planting, construction, medical/evangelism, etc.
Allen grew up in Northern Nevada. He came to know the Lord at age 15 from a non-Christian home. At 16 he received a dramatic call to missions through a vision. Following this call to ministry, Allen graduated from Vanguard Univ. with a BA in Missions/Theology. They served as Associate/Youth pastors at Gardena Valley A/G and chaplain over the 600 student Christian school. Two years later, God led them to pastor for 5 years in Anza, CA. During this time, Allen completed his MA degree and served as the Sectional Christian Ed. Rep before receiving Missionary Appointment. JoAnn grew up on an almond & grape farm near Delano, CA. JoAnn met Allen while working on a Business degree at College of the Sequoias in Visalia. She had come to the Lord at 9 years of age but received her call to Missions at age 19 while attending an A/G church and hearing a missionary speak for the first time.
The Martins arrived in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador in January of 1992 to begin a work among the Quichua Indians. They have watched God move sovereignly to establish: - A Bible School with various extensions including one in the Amazon jungle and another in the Galapagos Islands. - over 35 Quichua Indian churches led by students of the Bible school. - An Indian District (serving all Indian tribes of Ecuador) where Allen served for 6 years as Superintendent before turning it over to Indian leaders. - A School of Music to train up Music Ministers & Worship Leaders