Staff Directory

Dane Martin
Minister with Students
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Dane Martin became the Minister with Students at Ardmore Baptist Church in April 2016.

Dane was raised in Winston-Salem, NC. In 2002, 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. 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 grew 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 a joyful, loud, and energetic son, Finley, who is a little over a year old. 

From Dane:

I enjoy playing all sorts of sports but especially soccer, since I have played it my entire life. My love for hiking, camping, and backpacking was created during my times as a Boy Scout. I find joy in running, being in the gym, and getting sweaty. I am a diehard Duke Basketball fan, Michigan Football fan, and watch as many games as possible. I love spending time with family, traveling, seeing new places, eating indigenous foods, and getting immersed into the culture.

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 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.

One of my heroes would have to be Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He had great self-control and wisdom beyond his years. What impacted me the most about King’s life was how he lived into the uncomfortable and was a prophetic voice through all of the chaos, especially when it wasn’t the easy thing to do.

Something different about me … I collect DVD’s, I wear crazy socks, and I have lots of shoes.