Senior Pastor Richard A. Martin founded Life Community Church in 2006 with his wife Tracie. His 20 plus years in the ministry has strengthened his commitment, resolve and passion to disciple people, encouraging a consistent lifestyle of faith that causes them to come alive in Christ, thereby reaching their potential. Clear teaching of the Word of God and a family atmosphere where spiritual growth can take place are his ministry priorities.
Born in the Bronx, New York, Pastor Rich began serving in ministry in 1989 as founder of a Tri-State Area organization, known as Rap Ministries United, which was a pioneer Holy Hip Hop ministry movement. Then in 1993, Rich and Tracie moved to Texas where he became a member of P.I.D./Preachas, as a national recording artist signed with MYX records.
In 1994, he joined Arlington Christian Center, which later became Dominion Church and served as a youth leader. During those years, Pastor Rich traveled as an evangelist and motivational speaker throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth community, speaking in the Arlington Public Schools, while starting a Music Label and opened a music studio (Endtime Records/3 Boyz Productions). He has hosted and performed at several history making concert events, with such artist as KJ52, the Truth, and Cross Movement.
In 2000, Pastor Rich accepted a full time ministry position as a Youth Pastor at Dominion Church with a vision to move beyond just meeting the needs of the youth to deliberate outreach and evangelism to their families. Over the next five years, the number of weekly participation grew from 46 to over 200 active youth & young adults. He was later made Senior Associate Pastor, assisting with community outreach.
Two thousand and six (2006), brought the founding of Life Community Church of Arlington with an overarching vision of God becoming known intimately, while being made known publicly, through salvation, freedom from past/present pains, discipleship, empowerment, and service within the community. LCC is multi-ethnic and interdenominational in its makeup.
Pastor Rich holds a Bachelors Degree in Theological Studies from Vision International University. He has also ministered around the world in places such as Lagos, Nigeria, London, England, and Mexico preaching the gospel by using his urban life experience, involvement in urban music, along with an illustrative and media driven approach to the teaching of the Bible. Pastor Rich has been given the opportunity and platform to have encouraged thousands to pursue a personal relationship with God and can be found still doing the same today.
Pastor Rich and Tracie have been married nearly 25 years and have three adult sons, and currently reside in Grand Prairie, TX.