by LINDA FRABL | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Benevolent Volunteers

The Martins are a faithful and kind-hearted family. In 2001, parents Joe and Kim and their son, Anthony (17), moved to Poway’s Starlight Valley neighborhood because they felt a calling to start up a new church in the area. Now Joe is the senior pastor of the Amazing Faith Christian Fellowship and the missions director for the Pacific Southwest District of the Wesleyan Church. Kim, a former director of operations for a flooring company, now works part-time as an accountant, “so I can focus more on faith, family, and community,” she admitted.


And what a community it is! Joe professed, “Poway has great parks, hiking trails, vegetation, and picturesque sunsets. The people here share a greater sense of community and look out for their neighbors.” Local activities the Martins enjoy include baseball (Joe even collects Tony Gwynn memorabilia), air softing, target shooting, camping, fishing, and attending concerts.

Parents: Joe and Kim Martin
Child: Anthony Martin (17)
Community: Starlight Valley since 2001
Parents’ Hometowns: Joe – San Diego; Kim –  Santa Barbara
Parents’ Occupations: Joe – Pastor; Kim – Accountant
Pets: Poodle Terrier – Cloey; Chickens – Big Mama and Bobbette
Favorite Places to Visit in 92064: Anywhere with other community volunteers!

The whole clan also volunteers. Joe has coached Anthony’s baseball teams and has been a board member for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Poway High. Anthony works with children at Morning Creek Elementary. Kim and Anthony both volunteer for Dog Rescue. Plus, through their church, all of the Martins help with setting up and cleaning up at the Poway Chamber of Commerce’s Street Fairs every fall and spring. The family also assists with the North County Inland Pastors’ Thanksgiving Lunch at Abraxas High School every year.


With both of Kim’s parents and brother passing away from cancer, raising funds for cancer research is especially important to the Martins. All participate in the Bruce Gorder Melanoma Cancer Walk, as well as the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Kim has also done the Susan B. Coleman Breast Cancer Walk five times.

Though they give their time to worthy causes, the Martins also give their time to each other, especially on their annual vacations. During these adventures, the family never sweats the small stuff. For example, one year they rented a houseboat and experienced such dilemmas as unpleasant sewage odor, a ski boat that blew its water pump, and a fishing boat that almost sank. But instead of complaining, Joe recalled, “We laughed it all off. When you’re on vacation with family, things like this don’t seem to matter because they are part of the story and add to the memorable times.”