Who We Are
Hope For The Home Ministries is a Christian organization focused upon strengthening homes through proclaiming hope to all nations in Alaska and beyond. The ministry first began in September of 2000 as James & Carol Martin heard the call of God to become full-time missionary evangelist among the Native Americans. They, along with their 10 children, traveled to many Reservations and also held meetings to strengthen the homes. James and Carol’s burden for the family unit was birthed out of their own struggles in raising a godly family. They desired to pass on the hope God had given them to others through teaching and one-on-one counseling. In September of 2014, James had a distinct vision in prayer of himself on the streets of Anchorage, Alaska. He sensed it was the leading of the Lord. After the unexpected death of Carol in December of 2014, James and the 5 children still at home began a long-term missions work in Anchorage, Alaska. God has opened doors of ministry especially in the Downtown Soup Kitchen and Anchorage Native Medical Center. The works with the Reservations in the lower 48 are still going on under the guidance of our faithful partners.
 
James Martin

James Martin

President, Founder / Director of Operations

I was raised in a pastor’s home, and gave my life to Jesus at an early age. When I was 17 years old, I was called to ministry with Native Americans while on a missions trip to New Mexico. I met and married the love of my life, Carol, while in Ozark Bible Institute. Following graduation, God led us to pastor for 17 years. When we were 40 years old, with 8 children, God led us to begin Hope For The Home. It has been a wonderful journey of faith! I enjoy spending time with my family, sharing the Gospel with the lost, spending time with Natives, and woodworking.
Joanna RIch

Joanna RIch

Director of Communications

From a nine-year-old child, I have enjoyed being involved in Hope for the Home Ministries. Some of my favorite ministry opportunities have been Children’s ministry, one-on-one witnessing, feeding the hungry, and connecting with people of all ages and walks of life. My highest joy in ministry has been the privilege of leading souls to Jesus Christ. As an employee of Hope for the Home, I am involved with the communications part of our ministry. This entails working with the web & resource development and correspondence. On June 24, 2016, I married Derek Rich from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Julie Martin

Julie Martin

Birthdate: 6/6/1997

Hey there! As I have grown up, I have always enjoyed the ministry with my family. But as our ministry has taken a different turn, I have loved getting to explore ministry opportunities here in Anchorage. I especially enjoy volunteering at the women’s shelter and ministering to the people in the Native hospital on the cancer floor. As for my personal life, I enjoy cooking, organizing, reading, and singing. God bless you!
Jalisa Martin

Jalisa Martin

Birthdate: 10/6/1999

Hey everyone! All I’ve ever known is traveling and ministering in churches and Reservations. I have enjoyed seeing many beautiful sights and meeting wonderful friends. Now that we are in Alaska, school takes up a majority of my time. I miss being around people I know down in the lower 48. I enjoy singing at the Soup Kitchen and being together as a family. I hope to see you all soon!
Jordan Martin

Jordan Martin

Birthdate: 1/31/2001

Hi! It has been a lot of fun traveling all my life. I have many awesome memories of seeing cool things and meeting people. One of my favorite places of ministry is the Kid’s crusade in North Dakota. Those kids are so special to me. I love the wildlife here in Alaska and being able to have a routine life so I can get my school done. I like to work with Dad on projects.
Joy Martin

Joy Martin

Birthdate: 9/24/2002

Hey y’all! I love being here in Alaska! I have had many opportunities to minister through music. I have enjoyed the Soup Kitchen and Women’s Shelter. With traveling all my life, I have made many friends. I miss getting to be with them and my other family. I do like having a routine life here so that I have more time to practice music, write songs, and learn new things in school.

Hope For The Home Ministries is a federally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization, with a board that provides oversight and accountability. Board Members James Martin, President Director of Operations at Hope For The Home Ministries Harley Martin, Vice-President Retired, Founding Pastor of Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God in Fort Worth, TX Gerald W. Hood, Secretary Pastor at Lake Chapel Church in Mount Vernon, TX Victor Persinger, Board Member Pastor at First Pentecostal Church of God in Huffman, TX Mike Shelton, Board Member Academic Dean at Ozark Bible Institute & College in Neosho, MO