Martin Hawley grew up in northwest Arkansas and studied history and classical studies at the University of Arkansas. While in college, Martin met his wife Shari and was also pursuing a career in management with Dillard’s Department Stores. Martin and Shari married in 1989 and spent the next 11 years moving throughout the South, during this time working for Dillard’s and later Belk’s in buying, merchandise management, and as store manager. It was also during this time that the Lord began to reveal his call on Martin to some form of vocational ministry.
While serving Hope as the Youth Team leader in 2001, Martin decided to pursue full-time training for the Gospel Ministry. He and Shari left Georgia for St. Louis, Missouri, where Martin earned his Master of Divinity and Master of Exegetical Theology degrees at Covenant Theological Seminary.
Martin served several internships while studying at Covenant, including a full summer back at Hope in 2004 as the church transitioned pastoral leadership. He was eventually called to serve Hope as Senior Pastor and began here in April 2005. Martin is presently pursuing a Doctorate through Aberdeen University. His passions in ministry are for preaching, worship (especially the sacraments), and working with youth and children. Martin’s hobbies include; volleyball, golf, writing, and chess.
Shari, a graduate of the University of Arkansas, is a graphic designer who ministers to Hope using her God-given creative talents.
Martin may be reached by contacting him at 770-971-4673 or via e-mail.