More about the Sending Church
Adirondack Baptist Church
Adirondack Baptist Church is the sending church of City Rise Baptist Church. Adirondack is located in Gloversville, NY and is pastored full time by Pastor Nate Petersen.
In the fall of 2017 ABC leadership made the decision to begin the process of planting an Independent Baptist Church in the capital region of New York. Adirondack is sending out the Martinez family to lead the new work as church planters to Albany, NY.
The Church Planting Team
Pensacola Christian College - 2004
Ambassador Baptist College - 07-09
West Coast Baptist College - 13-16
B.S. Liberty University - 2017
M.M. Liberty Theological Seminary - 2018
Rob Martinez / LEAD PASTOR
Rob trusted Christ as Savior when he was 17 years old, largely due to the Y2K scare of 1999. Fearing that the world was going to end, Rob quit his job that he was working at illegally, moved out of his apartment that he was living at illegally in his name, through away all his drugs, quite smoking cigarettes, and through out his government issued fake I.D. and made his way to a local Bible church in Fonda, NY (The Village Bible Church). For the first time in his life, a man of God (Wade Lyman Prime) showed him scripture after scripture as to how he needed to be saved. He bowed his head and gave his life to Christ on December 19, 1999 - two weeks before the world was going to end (so he thought). In all reality, on that day, new life had just begun because of Jesus.
From the very beginning Rob pursued what he believed to be the calling of the evangelist by attending PCC, Ambassador Baptist College and West Coast Baptist College online. In 2004 he met his future wife Mishael while attending Pensacola Christian College studying for full-time evangelism. Being in full-time ministry he completed his education online through Liberty University. They have three awesome children together. He has served in various aspects of ministry since 2000, including his current full-time role as Associate Pastor at Adirondack Baptist Church. In 2016 he surrendered to the call to plant a church in Albany, NY. His desire is to see God plant a vibrant Independent Baptist Church in Albany, NY.
Favorite Food - Mexican
Current Bible Verses - Acts 9:6, Psalm 27:7-8
Fun Fact: He is full-blooded Mexican but cannot speak Spanish!
Skills - Extrovert Warrior
Favorite Sports - LU Flames & NY Yankees
Ministries - Husband, Father, Pastor, Church Planter & Podcast Host
Pensacola Christian College - 2003
*Ambassador Baptist College - 07-09
*West Coast Baptist College - 13-16
*Liberty University - 2017
*Liberty Theological Seminary - 2018
*She has been Rob's biggest cheerleader through it all.
Mishael Martinez / ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Mishael came to Christ in 1998 at the age of 14. She grew up in a Christian home on the Island of Guam where her grandfather helped plant a church years ago. She graduated high school in Guam and then moved to Pensacola Christian College to pursue her degree in Speach. She met Rob at college in 2004 and a year later they got married and began serving in the church where Rob was saved in 1999, under the leadership of Pastor Wade L. Prime.
Together, they believed that God was calling them into full-time evangelism and continued to work toward that end. In 2007 they moved to Shelby, NC to continue their training at Ambassador Baptist College. God as blessed them with three awesome children. Over time it has been abundantly clear that God has been preparing them for Independent Baptist Church planting in the city of Albany, NY. She is committed to ministry at the Martinez home along with the awesomeness of reaching others for Christ through personal discipleship & evangelism.
Favorite Food - Spaghetti
Current Bible Verse - Psalm 91:1-2
Fun Fact - She grew up on an island (Guam) but is afraid of the ocean!
Skills - Crafting/Interior Design Ninja
Favorite Sports - LU Flames & NY Yankees
Joshua/Jill Planter / LAUNCH TEAM
Joshua/Jill Planter represents all the individuals who are currently and will be joining the core team of believers in Albany, NY. If you would like to find out more about becoming a part of the team please contact us today and tell us more about you!
OUR BAPTIST HERITAGE & CHRISTIAN MESSAGE
We are an Independent Baptist Church plant in the capital city of New York. While we are entirely committed to our Baptist heritage, we are also committed to the Christian mission and propagation of the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.