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In Memory of Rev. Paul Martin

Reverend Paul Edward Martin passed away in Buffalo, Minnesota on Thursday, May 8, 2020.  He was born in Zanesville, Ohio, but grew up in Wheaton, Illinois. He attended Wheaton College and went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. On June 29, 1973, Paul was united in marriage to Cheryl Langford in Downer’s Grove, Illinois, and the couple was blessed with two sons.  Paul was called to the First Presbyterian Church of Ellsworth, Wisconsin where he pastored for 30 years. Paul also served Ellsworth as an EMT for many years.  

After retiring from First Presbyterian, Paul worked with Teens for Christ in Hudson, Wisconsin until 2019.  A gifted teacher and educator at heart, Paul enjoyed sharing his love for scripture through Bible quizzing and teaching Bible classes as the Dean of Students for Ambassador College.  In everything, Paul’s primary concern was that each person he met would know that Jesus loved them and died for their sins and that by accepting that wonderful news, they would live with God in Heaven. 

Paul is survived by his sons, Joshua (Belonn) Martin, Justyn (Amanda) Martin; five grandchildren, Eva, Jude, Madeline, Seth and Owen; his sister, Beth (Vernon) Neece and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Cheryl; his parents, Alva and Eva, and his sister, Anne Martin.

Private interment was held at Chapel Hill Gardens in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. Memorials for Paul’s family can be mailed to: O’Connell Family Funeral Home, Care of Paul Martin Family, 520 S. 11th St. Hudson, WI 54016, to be forwarded on your behalf or to Teens for Christ. The family deeply appreciates all thoughts & prayers extended to them during this time.

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    • Paul and his sweet wife Cheryl poured into the lives of many youth in their years on this planet. I was one of those obnoxious teens at Paul’s time as youth pastor at Southport Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. He loved kids unconditionally which I was grateful to have experienced and took for granted. It wasn’t until my children were in a youth group setting that I realized not all youth pastors love and have a level of care for ALL kids like Paul did for the students in his ministry. I cannot imagine the line of grateful students and parents who will be a part of heaven because of Paul’s deepest desires that all he met would love his Jesus! Will see you again some day!

    • Just this morning I was thinking of Paul and his impact on me while he was youth pastor at Southport Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. I reached out to a friend who let me know that he learned of Paul’s passing when he contacted a cousin of his wife. I am sad Paul passed away before I could personally thank him for the imprint he made to live a Christ-led life on a young girl. I will send my thanks through prayer instead. My condolences to his family. He left a legacy of faith.

    • Pastor Paul was a quiet and private man, but his knowledge and experience with learning and practicing the lessons in God’s Word was priceless. I am honored to have had Pastor Paul for my spiritual shepherd growing up in Ellsworth, WI. He loved to teach using the Greek, Hebrew and Latin origins of words and phrases from the Bible. Pastor Paul had his own unique smirk when sneaking peanut M & Ms from his desk drawer or flying the perfectly creased paper airplane around the church basement during Wed. night youth group. He was very proud of his two sons Joshua and Justyn and all of us ‘kids’ at First Presbyterian Church. Pastor Paul will be missed, but I know he’s singing God’s praises along side his parents, Cheryl his wife, my dad Larry and other ‘brothers and sisters’ in Christ that were there to meet Paul in heaven. Thank you Pastor Paul for being faithful in serving God. I will always remember the main point you told us to never forget from Confirmation class, “what is man’s chief end? To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” Amen.

    • Pastor Paul was a great friend, Pastor, and a boss. Working with him for almost 25 years was wonderful and a time of much growth. He was so patient with me and helped me grow and expand in faith and creativity.