Martins story.

martinGMartin Garman

Dean of Men

602-271-4084 EXT 1321

Meet Martin:


What do you do at Phoenix Teen Challenge?

Being Dean of Men, I am responsible for all programming, life-coaching, discipline, contact with courts, probation/parole officers, and family members. Prior to directing the programs, I was responsible for all the teaching aspects of the program. I developed curriculum and taught classes for our participants.

Tell us about your family.

I was born and raised right here in Phoenix, AZ. As a child, I have fond memories of accompanying my father as he delivered food to the Teen Challenge center in Phoenix. I also, vividly remember crying at all of the Teen Challenge presentations at our church. I was just amazed how God was changing the men as I listened to their testimonies. And yes, I still do the crying thing when I see God move in these men.

How long have you been in ministry?

I went to Bible College a few years ago, well maybe it’s been nearly thirty years ago, but who’s counting. I started pastoring a church in South Dakota right after graduating from bible college, and I have been involved in ministry ever since.

Where did you go to School?

Occasionally, I went to North High School right here in Phoenix. I didn’t graduate because I thought I had better things to do than go to class. So, I dropped out my senior year and passed my GED and went directly into the United States Air Force. Later, I went to Trinity Bible College and graduated with a B.A. in Ministerial/ Biblical Studies, and a M.S. in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University.

What do you like to do on your free time?

I have many interest and hobbies. My favorite activity is holding my wife’s hand as we walk along the beach. I enjoy being active, when I have free time I still like to get involved with a pickup game or two of basketball with the guys. I still play a pretty good left field or rover in our softball games. I really enjoy playing the piano, guitar, and sometimes the bass for our church.