Meet Marty, Our Senior Minister!
Marty Young is the senior minister of Vernal Christian Church, and getting more senior by the moment. He and his wife of over 40 years, Diane, came to Vernal in February 2001 after a 10-year ministry with a church in the Central Coast region of Southern California. Prior to that preaching and teaching ministry, Marty served for 20 years as the principal/administrator of 3 different Christian Day Schools in Southern California and Georgia.
Along with the preaching duties, Marty also leads home LIFE Groups and teaches an adult Sunday Bible School class. He makes himself available for personal counseling. He also serves as a point person, administrating and facilitating a very capable church staff and leadership in their attention to the many and varied ministries of VCC.
In addition to being the very capable help-mate of Marty, Diane serves in the women’s ministry (WinGS) and Nursery worker. She does all this while serving as the Administrative Assistant/Secretary for Uintah Basin Christian Academy, the Christian Day school that was begun by VCC and serves families with children, pre-K through 8th grade.
Marty and Diane have spent time together in mission work in Austria and Haiti and plan to return to both areas in the near future. In addition Marty has taught and done ministry in India.
Diane was part of the church’s mission team to Cambodia in 2012, returning with a passion to see the work of Rapha House highlighted and supported in VCC and wherever the story can be told.
The Young’s heart for missions have trickled into the heart of the congregation, as Vernal Christian has grown in missions support from 10% of total church giving in 199 to 50% in 2013, and from supporting four mission stations to over 17.
They are the proud parents of 3 children – Scott, Jessica and Grant – all married and living in CA. They are also doting grandparents to seven amazing grandkids. Marty and Diane hate being far from family, but are confident the Lord led them to Vernal, and, Lord willing, the Young’s anticipate VCC being an end destination ministry for them. Both feel that VCC is filled with special folks that make the distance from immediate family more than just bearable. They believe they are blessed to be part of an incredible faith-filled congregation and are thrilled to be the preacher family of Vernal Christian Church
Marty’s interests outside of church activities include reading and watching sports (especially collegiate) and game shows. (His little known desire is to get on another game show.) He serves as the courtside announcer for boy’s basketball games at Uintah High School and is writing a memoir of his days growing up in Indianapolis, IN in the 50’s & 60’s.
Diane’s interests lie in gardening and home improvement when the weather allows, and following the exploits and photos of her distant grandkids on Facebook daily.
Marty’s quite the guy, and we are so blessed to have him here at VCC!
Take some time to meet the Youngs!