Christianity Today has hired veteran Christian leader and educator Dr. Nicole Martin to the ministry’s executive team in the role of Chief Impact Officer (CIO). Martin joined the company after serving as a member of CT’s Board of Directors.
“I first worked with Nicole years ago on a Bible education project. I was immediately impressed with her powerful faith, her transcendent intellectual and relational gifts, and her vast capacity for leadership and productivity,” said Christianity Today’s president and CEO, Dr. Timothy Dalrymple.
“I told myself that if the opportunity presented itself to hire her, I would do it in a heartbeat. I am so grateful that opportunity arrived. She will serve Christianity Today’s mission and community with talent, passion, and grace.”
Dalrymple added that Martin’s new role will be integral to advancing CT’s mission.
“We have three major strategic initiatives that are shaping the future of this ministry. The Global Initiative dramatically expands the storytelling and thought leadership footprint of Christianity Today to serve the church around the world, the Big Tent Initiative seeks to represent and draw together the diversity of the North American church, and the Next Gen Initiative will cast across multiple media a captivating and capacious vision of following Jesus Christ that our younger generations can live into,” Dalrymple said.
“Nicole will be in an umbrella position over those initiatives, developing the relationships, partnerships, and strategies we need to achieve our missional goals.”
Martin, who was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a triple major in human and organizational development, educational studies, and French. She worked as a business analyst for Deloitte before receiving her master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, where she was the recipient of the David Hugh Jones Award in Music and the John Alan Swink Award in Preaching.
While in seminary, she served as the director of evangelism at St. James African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Newark, New Jersey, and spent a summer in ministry at Mandalay Baptist Church in Cape Town, South Africa. She went on to earn a doctor of ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where she now serves as an adjunct professor.
CT’s Executive Board chairman, Bishop Claude Alexander, has known Martin for years as a professional colleague, a mentee, and a fellow CT board member. From 2006 to 2017, Martin filled a variety of leadership roles at The Park Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Bishop Alexander is senior pastor.
“I am elated that Dr. Nicole Martin is joining CT as its Chief Impact Officer,” said Bishop Alexander. “She brings a unique blend of skills, sensitivities, and spirituality that are undergirded by an unwavering commitment to excellence and, most importantly, an unshakeable faith in God.”
Prior to accepting the position at CT, Martin was senior vice president at the American Bible Society (ABS), where she spent six years leading major ministry projects. At ABS, she forged a wealth of church relationships, domestically and internationally, and is well regarded as a thoughtful and dynamic preacher, teacher, and writer.
Formerly a monthly columnist for the Faith and Values section of The Charlotte Observer, she is also the author of two books, Made to Lead: Empowering Women for Ministry and Leaning In, Letting Go: A Lenten Devotional.
“I am absolutely delighted to join CT in this new season of growth,” said Martin.
“Tim’s vision for inspiring beautiful orthodoxy and equipping the church through CT’s three initiatives fits perfectly with my own sense of calling. I believe in the power of God’s work around the world that is lifted through our Global Initiative, the importance of broadening conversations through the Big Tent Initiative, and in the relevance of equipping younger people and those who disciple them through our Next Generation Initiative. Just knowing that I have the honor of stewarding the strategy and impact of these three areas brings joy to my soul. I cannot wait to see what God has in store for us all.”
Martin resides in Maryland with her husband, Mark, and their two daughters. She plans to stay engaged in local ministry at her home congregation, Kingdom Fellowship AME Church.
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Christianity Today was founded by Billy Graham in 1956. In the nearly 70 years since, it has served as a flagship publication for the American evangelical movement, equipping the church with news, commentary, and resources. An acclaimed and award-winning media ministry, CT advances the stories and ideas of the global church. Each month, across a variety of digital and print media, the ministry carries the most important stories and ideas of the kingdom of God to over 4.5 million people around the planet.