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Tim and Jenny Martin

Tim's Story

I was born in the Kansas City area and raised in Houston. I earned a BA in history at Rice University, and then the US Navy trained me to operate nuclear reactors as a submarine officer.

I felt God drawing my heart to world missions ever since I heard Robertson McQuilkin speak at a 1991 Campus Crusade Christmas Conference. I didn’t realize that he himself was a TEAM missionary to Japan until after I had served for 8 years in the Navy, volunteered in a church in Japan, and finished a Th.M. at Dallas Theological Seminary. Life came full circle.

Jenny's Story

Proclaiming the Risen Son in the Land of the Rising Sun!

I am a Korean-American, the daughter of Korean immigrant parents, born in Berlin and raised a little while in Chicago and a long while in Dallas. I left a part of my heart there in Texas! I have a B.A. in Communication Science and Disorders from Baylor University with a follow-on M.S. from the University of Texas at Dallas. I worked as a speech-language pathologist in public schools and private settings before the Lord opened up a door for me to serve Him in Japan.

I met my Texan husband Tim in Japan while I was there as a missionary and he was stationed there with the US Navy. After that, I received an M.A. in Biblical Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary.

As God leads and provides, we have a heart to equip the Japanese church so that many more Japanese may be among the nations giving Him glory!


Tim (husband), Jenny (wife), Children: Hudson and Annalise.

Ministry Focus:

Tim serves on the executive leadership team and as the Operations Director at Christ Bible Institute (CBI). Located in the heart of Nagoya on the major bullet train line between the megacities of Tokyo and Osaka, CBI is a place of interconnection with a heart to catalyze a gospel movement in Japan. So that the gospel may saturate deep into Japanese hearts and be cherished, CBI equips Japanese Christians through theological education at Christ Bible Seminary and through practical coaching for pastors in the Joy of Japan Center for Church Planting and Development. Tim directly works with and leads the Japanese staff in the front office who daily work behind the scenes assisting seminary instructors, organizing conferences, building relationships, and facilitating evangelism in the Heart & Soul community space, and coordinating the translation and publishing of Christian resources.

Jenny homeschools and serves TEAM families co-leading the Missionary Kid Care Team. Tim is an Organizational Relations Representative, the Crisis Management Team leader, the TEAM Japan Child Safety Coordinator, and one of five members on the Ministry Area Leadership Team for TEAM Japan.

The People:

The Japanese are the second largest unreached people group in the world according Joshua Project statistics. Less than 0.5% of Japanese are active members in churches and very few of them can wield any influence for Christ in their social networks.

Although there is freedom of religion and the Bible is occasionally available in bookstores, the average Japanese person will not come to faith in Christ without further help. Unfortunately, the number of missionaries in Japan is declining before their work is finished.

Primary Prayer Request:

  • For protection against spiritual opposition that seeks to divide and/or neutralize missionaries, pastors, and believers in Japan. For our hearts to grow in adoration of Christ each day and for us to overflow with a deeper and richer joy in the gospel.
  • For “Connect,” Nagoya’s citywide, inter-church youth ministry. For the Japanese-speaking small groups to increase from 2 to 4.
  • For wisdom and shepherd’s hearts as we serve in our roles advising on missionary kids’ needs and for Tim as a leader in TEAM Japan.