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BCF GRADUATE NAMED JACKSON COUNTY CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

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Februaruy 7, 2014


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BCF Graduate Gary Martin selected Citizen of the Year for Jackson County Florida.

Gary Martin, 1986 graduate of The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville, was honored with the prestigious title of Citizen of the Year in Jackson County Florida on Thursday, January 30.

Gary’s wife, Jan Martin, spoke of the surprise they both experienced upon receiving the honor. Martin did not even know he had been nominated until Tuesday, January 28, and was called the following day and invited to a banquet to be held on Thursday where he received the title of Jackson County Citizen of the Year.

“Gary has a heart for people,” stated Jan. “He tries within the school and church to meet people’s needs. God has laid it on his heart to minister to all people and to meet their needs.” Jan offered details on one way her husband has attempted to reach out to the community by providing free meals to approximately 80 kids every Wednesday night and breakfast on Sunday mornings at their church. Gary’s next big project is called Bicycle Sunday where he and several others are restoring old bicycles and plan to give them to children whose families can’t afford them on Sunday, March 16.

Upon receiving the title of Jackson County Citizen of the Year, Martin did not take any credit for himself, “I give all the credit to the Lord Jesus Christ who empowers me each day to be the salt of the earth.”

Martin currently serves as the pastor of Southern Community Fellowship and teaches 6th grade history and science at Cottondale High School. His nomination came from Michele Syfrett, who is a member at Southern Community Fellowship and whose daughter is a student at Cottondale High School. His wife, Jan Martin, is the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Development at The Baptist College of Florida. Gary’s father, Ben Martin, graduated from BCF in 1973.

To learn more about The Baptist College of Florida graduates, please call 850.263.3261 ext. 460 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.

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BCF Graduate Gary Martin selected Citizen of the Year for Jackson County Florida, nominated by Michele Syfrett.


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