The Rev. Martin J. Bastian has been in the ordained ministry for the past 20 years. Though not a Texan by birth, he has served in the Lone Star state his entire career. Currently he is the Vice-Rector at St. Martin’s, the largest Episcopal Church in the country. He is tasked with running the day-to-day operations of the church overseeing 12 clergy, more than 200 employees and the largest Episcopal preschool in the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools conference.
Marty has an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Kansas. Following graduation he moved to Washington, DC where he had a career in publishing and served as a lay leader in youth ministry and overseas missions traveling extensively internationally. He later graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1996 with a Master of Divinity degree and began his ordained ministry at St. Martin’s following ordination to the deaconate in the Diocese of Virginia.
Marty spent a decade as Senior Chaplain of Episcopal High School (EHS) in Houston. As the head of EHS’s “Religion Pillar,” he served as educator, administrator and spiritual leader while assisting the head of school in its daily operations. He also established a non-profit national organization called “NPN” or “The National Parenting Network” to assist parents in the understanding and rearing of their teenage children. Marty has spoken across the country in churches and schools alike with the message of “encouraging, enlightening and empowering” parents in their calling. He is passionate about education, has a broad world view, and is committed to promoting the exercise and discipline of reason. Marty approaches his work with a solid biblical starting point coupled with a realistic and raw view of his own humanity and the humanity of others. He is relationally minded in his methodology and eager to engage those who desire a deeper understanding of life’s meaning.