Yul Martin

Connections Director

Life Story

I grew up in the projects on the southside of Chicago, Illinois. Our family was one of the families where the mother and father were still married. They raised us to believe that we could achieve anything we wanted to. We moved to the suburbs in the middle of my junior year of high school. It was at this time that Christ called me from street gangs and drugs to the marvelous light of Christianity. Once I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior, I graduated from high school and was the first in all of my family to attend and graduate from college.  I originally came to Fort Wayne Bible college to be a pastor, but through a conversation with the late Dr. Alice Joy Weddle, I ended up with a degree in Elementary Education. After graduation I became a teacher, then principal, then a director in my twenty-five years in FWCS. I retired from FWCS in 2013 and opened Biggby Coffee at Georgetown in 2014. It was there that I met our pastor Eric Dubach. Through this friendship, he eventually invited me to speak at Brookside. I fell in love with the warmth and vision of the church. Through this experience, Eric offered me a part-time job as Connections director, which eventually led to a full-time position as “Spiritual Formation’s Pastor”.  This job allows me to live my passion of educating people about Christ, while shepherding them to connect deeply with each other in Christ. This is absolutely my dream job. 

My Hope for bRookside

My hope for Brookside Church is that we would be a beacon in a community that thrives to get to know Christ, while connecting together in community.