They have a great passion for their teaching, a deep love for their students, a vision for the world and a heart for the Gospel.
With a combined six decades of service at Belhaven University, Dr. Joe and Helen Martin are transitioning into retirement with a long legacy of faithful teaching and heartfelt ministry to students, friends and alumni.
“Joe and Helen are the ideal of what faculty members should be,” said President Dr. Roger Parrott. “They have a great passion for their teaching, a deep love for their students, a vision for the world and a heart for the Gospel. They have set the pattern for how to invest in the lives of students and have served as a mentor to scores of faculty who have come to Belhaven over the years. Only in heaven will they see the reach of their influence in the lives of students, and I know it will be enormous.”
Scott Castleman ’98, senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs, Miss., realized the lasting influence Joe had on more than just his studies. “In the classroom, Dr. Martin taught me how to study the scriptures. In his office, he taught me how to pray. In his life, he showed me how to follow Christ. I am forever marked by his faithful ministry.”
The Martins were honored during the University’s annual Christmas party on December 1, 2017, where time was spent reflecting on their many years of service. Their daughter, spoke about her parents love and appreciation for the University and donated a student’s painting of Joe to the University. Joe and Helen shared their love and appreciation for the many people and students who are forever etched into their memories. At the end of the ceremony, Belhaven President Dr. Roger Parrott gifted the couple two hand-crafted chairs.