Pastor Stephen Martin, Sr. was born in bred in Atlanta, Pastor Steve (as he is affectionately called by church family) lived life in the fast lane in his younger years and by the grace of God, he has emerged a leader of saints, a pillar in the community and a devoted minister to lost and confused souls.
The youngest of seven, Pastor Steve’s parents divorced when he was eleven. In his early teens, he fell into a life of addiction, which ultimately led to him being incarcerated and being diagnosed with an incurable disease. God spoke to Stephen and he began to dig deep into the Word.
Stephen made a promise to God that he would serve Him forever. God supernaturally healed Stephen’s body and his ministry began. Stephen was led to Bishop Donald E. Battle and Divine Faith Ministries, where his anointing led him to serve first as Armour Bearer to bishop Battle, then as a Deacon. He attended Divine Faith School of Biblical Studies and became a licensed Minister. Pastor Steve is working towards a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies and Theology.
While at Divine Faith, Minister Steve met his wife Paula Ann, and they married in 2006. The couple began working full-time at Divine Faith, and Stephen was co-host for Stir It Up, Seasons 1 and 2. God led Stephen and Paula to Free Chapel, under the tutelage of Pastor Jentezen Franklin, where Pastor Steve dug even deeper into the Word of God. Stephen also worked with and continues to work with Cory “CoCo Brother” Condrey and the Condrey Evangelistic association, traveling with The Stand Campaign. Pastor Steve was ordained to the position of Elder under Bishop Jeffery Billingsley, at Worship Center International Church in 2013.
Pastor Stephen Martin is in constant pursuit of lost souls for the Kingdom of God. He is the owner of Soteria Eternity, a clothing line dedicated to spreading the gospel and encouraging the world. As stated “a brand bringing the message of Jesus Christ.”
Post Louisiana's historic flood, Pastor Steve found a huge ministry need and has since relocated. After much prayer and direction from the Lord, Pastor Steve casted the vision to start a television network entitled "Soteria Life Television Network". Soteria Life Television Network focuses on building a platform where the Gospel of Jesus Christ can be proclaimed. Pastor Steve continues to reach others through the platform that God has given him, as the host of "Soteria Life Live with Stephen Martin, Sr." a television show that empowers viewers with the Word of God with an array of guest in the ministry.
After the completion of his assignment in Louisiana, the Lord called Stephen back to his native city. There he built the Soteria Life Television Network Studio in Cumming, Ga, where he films his current Soteria Life Live broadcast. During which time the Lord placed it on his heart to build Soteria Life the Church in Georgia in this new season.
Stephen's most precious blessing and calling is that of a husband and father. Stephen and Paula Ann have three beautiful daughters and two handsome sons (the oldest son in heaven) they currently reside in Cumming, Georgia.