Hope For The Home

Hope For The Home Ministries is a Christian organization focused upon strengthening homes through proclaiming hope to all nations in Alaska and beyond.

Rev. James D. Martin is the founder and president of Hope for the Home Ministries.  When the ministry was first founded in year 2000, James and Carol along with their 8 children traveled the US, ministering on Native American Reservations in Oklahoma, Florida, South Carolina, Oregon, North & South Dakota, Minnesota, New Mexico, Arizona, and Alaska. Most years, James would go with two of his sons to the remote Eskimo villages of Alaska for a short two-week trip.

It was not until September of 2014, that James experienced a distinct change of ministry direction. While praying at a Missions emphasis service in Ohio, he had a vivid vision of himself standing on a street corner in Anchorage, Alaska ministering to individuals. He knew the scenery because he had been there each year on his way to the remote villages. James’ wife, Carol passed away unexpectedly in December of 2014. Heartbroken, yet compelled by the Holy Spirit: James and his 5 children, still at home packed up and made the long trip to Alaska. Upon arrival, they were blessed to find a nice house at a reasonable price and in a good neighborhood. God then began to open doors especially for homeless ministry.

A week in the life of Pastor James:

  • Being a Father to his 3 children still under his roof and 7 outside of the home as well as Papa J to 10 precious grandchildren.
  • 11:15-2:00 Monday – Friday   Downtown Hope Center ministry during lunch.
  • Availability through the week for transportation, hospital visits & practical assistance. 
  • 2 pm Sunday afternoon Hope Church service
  • Downtown Hope Center board meetings and prayer times
  • Chaplain ministry at Alaska Native Hospital  (pre-COVID)
  • Services at Muldoon Community Assembly when not conflicting with other ministry opportunities
Rev. James Martin

Rev. James Martin

President, Founder / Director of Operations

I was raised in a pastor’s home, and gave my life to Jesus at an early age. When I was 17 years old, I was called to ministry with Native Americans while on a missions trip to New Mexico. I met and married the love of my life, Carol, while in Ozark Bible Institute. Following graduation, God led us to pastor for 17 years. When we were 40 years old, with 8 children, God led us to begin Hope For The Home. It has been a wonderful journey of faith! I enjoy spending time with my family, sharing the Gospel with the lost, spending time with Natives, and woodworking.

Joanna Rich

Joanna Rich

Director of Communications

From a nine-year-old child, I have enjoyed being involved in Hope for the Home Ministries. Some of my favorite ministry opportunities have been Children’s ministry, one-on-one witnessing, feeding the hungry, and connecting with people of all ages and walks of life. My highest joy in ministry has been the privilege of leading souls to Jesus Christ. As an employee of Hope for the Home, I am involved with the communications part of our ministry. This entails working with the web & resource development and correspondence. On June 24, 2016, I married Derek Rich from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Hope for the Home Martin Family
Julie Martin

Julie Martin

Birthdate: 6/6/1997

Hey there! As I have grown up, I have always enjoyed the ministry with my family. But as our ministry has taken a different turn, I have loved getting to explore ministry opportunities here in Anchorage. I especially enjoy volunteering at the women’s shelter and ministering to the people in the Native hospital on the cancer floor. As for my personal life, I enjoy cooking, organizing, reading, and singing. God bless you!

Jalisa Martin

Jalisa Martin

Birthdate: 10/6/1999

Hey everyone! All I’ve ever known is traveling and ministering in churches and Reservations. I have enjoyed seeing many beautiful sights and meeting wonderful friends. Now that we are in Alaska, school takes up a majority of my time. I miss being around people I know down in the lower 48. I enjoy singing at the Soup Kitchen and being together as a family. I hope to see you all soon!

Jordan Martin

Jordan Martin

Birthdate: 1/31/2001

Hi! It has been a lot of fun traveling all my life. I have many awesome memories of seeing cool things and meeting people. One of my favorite places of ministry is the Kid’s crusade in North Dakota. Those kids are so special to me. I love the wildlife here in Alaska and being able to have a routine life so I can get my school done. I like to work with Dad on projects.

Joy Martin

Joy Martin

Birthdate: 9/24/2002

Hey y’all! I love being here in Alaska! I have had many opportunities to minister through music. I have enjoyed the Soup Kitchen and Women’s Shelter. With traveling all my life, I have made many friends. I miss getting to be with them and my other family. I do like having a routine life here so that I have more time to practice music, write songs, and learn new things in school.

Hope For The Home Ministries is a federally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization, with a board that provides oversight and accountability.

Board Members

James MartinPresident
Director of Operations at Hope For The Home Ministries
Harley MartinVice-President
Retired, Founding Pastor of Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God in Fort Worth, TX
Gerald W. HoodSecretary
Pastor at Lake Chapel Church in Mount Vernon, TX
Victor PersingerBoard Member
Pastor at First Pentecostal Church of God in Huffman, TX
Mike SheltonBoard Member
Academic Dean at Ozark Bible Institute & College in Neosho, MO