Phone: ext. 105
Dane Martin became the Minister with Students at Ardmore Baptist Church in April 2016.
Dane was raised in Winston-Salem, NC. In 2006, he received his Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University with a major in Religious Studies and minors in Latin and Classics. Dane continued his studies and received his Master of Divinity from Emory University: Candler School of Theology in 2009.
Before arriving at Ardmore, Dane served as Minister of Youth and Discipleship at Cedar Falls Baptist Church, as a Chaplain at WakeMed Hospital through the Clinical Pastoral Education Program, and became the Community Connector for Urban Ministries of Wake County. He has worked with students in children’s homes and foster care, connected with students through hosting mission teams, and grown with students within the church and in the community.
Dane is married to his wife Gretchen, a native of Wisconsin. Gretchen and Dane met while at Emory University and were married in 2012. Currently, Gretchen is a Family Support Coordinator with Carolina Donor Services. They have two young sons, Finley and Brooks.
Dane enjoys playing all sorts of sports, especially soccer, which he has been playing his entire life. His love for hiking, camping, and backpacking developed during his time as a Boy Scout. He also finds joy in running, being in the gym, and getting sweaty. Dane is a diehard Duke Basketball fan, Michigan football fan, and he watches as many games as possible. He loves spending time with his family, traveling, seeing new places, eating indigenous foods, and getting immersed into a new culture.
Fun facts about Dane: He collects DVDs, wears crazy socks, and has lots of shoes.
“Early in life I kept saying ‘No’ to God and did whatever I wanted to do. I am here today because God did not give up on me and accepted me with all of my brokenness. I finally decided to quit running and seek to understand God’s path for me. I have a desire to share that great love and grace with other students as we walk together through this journey of life. I hope to grow with the students of this church and in the greater community as we ask hard questions, grow/discover our faith, and support each other. My goal is to invest in each student and family, build lasting relationships, and continue to see how we can be the hands and feet of Christ.”