Rob Martin has been involved in Christian ministry since his conversion in 1976. He first served as the editor of a Christian publication and then for six years with the Orange County Rescue Mission. He left the Rescue Mission in 1983 to become General Manager of Fieldstead & Company, a private philanthropy. Later he served as a consultant on communications, leadership and fund-raising for Christian mission. This was followed by a brief stint as U.S. Director of the Lausanne Committee, before beginning in 1990 as Executive Director with First Fruit, Inc., a private charitable foundation. He served in this position until 2009 when he began a full time assignment as Partner with the First Fruit Institute serving ministries and colleague foundations as a coach on a variety of organizational issues.

Rob also serves with the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization as Sr. Associate for Global Philanthropy and as a seminar leader on Fund Raising and Leadership for Mission. Rob was educated as a journalist, and spent his formative career years in newspaper work.

He and his wife, Bev, have raised three daughters and currently live on Useless Bay on Whidbey Island in Washington State.

Posts by Rob Martin:

How Do You Know When The Holy Spirit Is With You In Your Fundraising?

Posted on: 19 Aug 2020

Taste the fruit. My friend, Gary Hoag, says, “Inspect the fruit.” Good Idea, that. Who doesn’t flip an apple around before taking a bite? No one l know likes to sink their teeth into the squishy flesh of a rotten apple, especially when prepared for a crisp, clean, rewarding bite of heaven on a hot day.  What if Adam had averted his gaze from the comely look of his wife and really examined the apple? He was, after all, the first scientist. It was his job to, “Go differentiate- and name stuff.” (Genesis 1:28, 2:15) If he had just tested […]

Learning From A Seasoned Grant Officer – Part II

Posted on: 29 Jun 2020

Learning From A Seasoned Grant Officer – Part I

Posted on: 22 Jun 2020

Granting To The Academic World

Posted on: 25 May 2020

What Can Drive A Grant Officer Nuts

Posted on: 11 May 2020

The Temptation To Shift Your Ministry Purpose

Posted on: 04 May 2020

The Communion Of Giving And Receiving

Posted on: 30 Mar 2020

It’s Not The Proposal That Raises Funds

Posted on: 16 Mar 2020

One Definition Of A Grant Proposal

Posted on: 09 Mar 2020

A Community of Giving and Receiving

Posted on: 17 Jan 2019

(The following is excerpted from Rob Martin’s upcoming book, When Money Goes on Mission: Fundraising and Giving in the 21st Century by Moody Publishers) When money “goes on mission,” it travels in the form of financial gifts, carried along in the pockets of those who spend it on the ordinary things of life and ministry so they can do the extraordinary things God has called them to do… In general, money passing from one person to another is a transaction, nothing more than an exchange of something of value for something of value in return. However, unlike everyday financial transactions, […]