Meet the Pastor - Rev. Bob Martin

Pastor Bob and Patti Martin join the First St. Pete family after serving churches in both the North Carolina and Florida Conferences. High School sweethearts, the Martins have been married over 36 years and have two daughters and six grandchildren whom they absolutely adore.


As a pastor, Bob has served the following churches:

1994-1997: High Falls/Fair Promise – Glendon, NC;

1997-1999: St. Luke’s – Windermere (Associate Pastor);

1999-2006: Lakeside Fellowship – Sanford (Founding Pastor);

2006-2011: East Lake – Palm Harbor (Senior Pastor);

2011-2021: St. Paul – Largo (Lead Pastor);

2022-Present : First, St. Petersburg (Senior Pastor).


Bob and Patti are both multi-generational Floridians who love living in the Bay area. They love the songs of Jimmy Buffett and 80’s rock and roll as well as Superhero movies. Patti and both daughters (LeighAnne and Kimberly) are in the education profession serving in elementary education and middle schools.


When asked “What brings you the greatest joy?” Pastor Bob and Patti immediately respond, “Our family”. Family is the foundation to the Martins and that is what motivates them to reach people to become part of the family of God. In 2020 their family grew with two additions: Piper (their Sheshaun) and Sadie (their Miniature Aussie Doodle). They are excited about being part of the First Church family and looking forward to this next leg of their life’s journey with all of you!


Have a blessed day!

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