Martin Houston is the Founder and Executive Director of the Empowerment Center for Leadership & Mentoring, a faith-based non-profit with a mission to use biblical principles to encourage, educate, equip and empower. Whether speaking to adults and/or youths in the church/camps/dnows,etc., in school assemblies or in the marketplace, Martin challenges his audiences to incorporate the time tested principles of faith into their daily walk. He is especially passionate about connecting with students and inspiring them to embrace the faith and live it out loud, before their family and friends. He is also available to lead team building and staff based leadership training.
THE MAN BEHIND THE MINISTRY
Martin Houston has personally experienced the thrills of success and the agony of disappointment. Born in Centre, Alabama, he aspired to be a professional football player for the Dallas Cowboys. Martin passionately pursued his dream, achieving All- State (3 times) and “1987 Player of the Year” honors at CCHS. At the University of Alabama, he rushed for over 1,000 yards and was known for getting the tough yards. He played on two SEC Championship Teams and the 1992 National Championship Team. He was recognized as a leader on and off the field, receiving such honors as “The Sylvester Croom - Commitment to Excellence Award”, Academic All-SEC, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) President and “The Charlie Compton-Christian Leadership Award”. Martin realized his dream by signing with the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers in 1993. A freak knee injury ended his career prematurely, but he never missed a beat!
Today, Martin is known for his commitment to achieve at the highest level. Early in his life, he learned the importance of goal setting, hard work, believing in yourself, never quitting and setting high standards. During his time at Alabama, he really honed these skills. Since graduating from the University, he has combined these principles into one of his most presented topic, “The Winning Game Plan”. He also saw the direct benefit of these principles in his professional career at BellSouth/ATT. Martin was a Pinnacle Award Winner (Top Performer) as a manager, as well as a three-time Gateway II Participant (program for high potential leaders).
As a spiritual leader and minister of the gospel, Martin is committed to winning the lost, edifying the saints and unifying the body of Christ. He has served in positions ranging from church planter to Executive Senior Pastor. Most recently he served as the Co-Host on the New Day Café Morning Program and Community Relations Director, for Moody Radio South. He also serves in a part-time role with PraiseFest Ministries (www.praisefestministries.com) as Media and Public Relations Director. Martin is best known for his ability to communicate deep spiritual messages in a real, relevant and practical way. Over the past 25 years, He has developed into a powerful, dynamic and anointed communicator, who uses passion and humor to communicate life-impacting messages. Whether speaking in a church, to students, to civic groups or to corporate leaders, Martin helps his audience live a life of passion and purpose!
“It is my incredible honor to recommend to you the powerful ministry of Martin Houston. Martin is a dear friend and brother that I totally believe in. Martin is a man of honor, integrity, and purpose. I have watched God use him to ignite men. Being a former college and pro football player he carries the attention of the room. He is an unbelievable communicator. Martin communicates with passion, humor, and a deep sense of the presence of God. You could not go wrong in using Martin in any setting including leadership and market place meetings.”
Patrick Schatzline, Pastor
Summit Church at Birmingham
Founder, Mercy Seat Ministries
"Martin has an amazing ability to understand a room or people and speak in a way that captures their attention and heart. He can move an audience and call them to wrestle with new ideas before they know what has happened. Different ages, races, walks of life, ideologies, it doesn’t matter. Martin Houston has the life experiences and skills to connect with all people."
Pastor Scott Reynolds, Senior Pastor,
North River Church
"When Martin gets up to speak, two things become very clear. He has a great love for Jesus, and he has a great love for people. His passion keeps everyone engaged, as he shares truths that will transform your life!"
Pastor Joel Gorveatte, Senior Pastor
First Wesleyan Church
"Martin is a well-spoken man full of conviction about God’s Word and how we are to live it out in our daily lives."
Pastor James Patterson, Senior Pastor
The Church at Tuscaloosa (TCAT)
"Thanks for sharing with Dusty's group a few weeks ago.....I found your presentation motivating, entertaining, and thought provoking all at the same time. I was particularly challenged by the "Bullseye Principle" about executing on your goals and the "Cross effect" related to the importance of relationships.....horizontal, downward vertical, and upward vertical. I appreciated how you spoke "from the heart" and not just from your head."
Tommy Coshatt, Vice President
South Alabama Sales
"Martin, your talk on "The Pedigree of a Champion" has helped me so much. I literally sat there before you gave your talk and listened to the goals for making the trips and pictured which agents in the room would have no trouble making them and had already counted myself out. Your talk motivated me and I am no longer sitting back and being defeated. I no longer say if I make the trip, it's when I make the trip. Thanks so much for speaking to us that day. I really enjoyed every minute and have applied what you gave us to my daily activity. Thanks again and may God richly bless you."
Alfa Insurance Agent