Father Russell EJ Martin
Russell is a native Southern Californian; having been was raised in Camarillo, which is about one hour north of Los Angeles in Ventura County. He is the oldest of two. He was baptized in the Roman Catholic Church but attended the Episcopal Church most of his life. He is the son and grandson of Episcopal Priests. Russell has loved and walked with the Lord, since his youth, never really knowing a time when he was not a Christian.
In 1986, he graduated from St. Bonaventure HS (Ventura) and moved to San Diego in order to attend S.D.S.U. During his tenure as an Aztec, Russell earned both his Bachelor’s (1992) and Master’s Degrees in Social Work (1997). It was also during this season that Russell began his career as a Correctional Probation Officer with San Diego County from 1987-1997. His work with Probation focused on working with at risk Juveniles as well as those who were incarcerated. He was active with the Probation Officers’ Association and served as a POA officer and ultimately as President from 1994-1997.
In the Fall of 1997, Russell began his Theological Studies at Trinity School for Ministry, in Ambridge Pennsylvania, which is about thirty-miles north of Pittsburgh. Russell earned his Master’s of Divinity Degree in June of 2000 and returned the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego for his ordination to both the Deaconate and Priesthood. He served as an Associate Pastor at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church for four years (June 2000-December 2004). It was during this time that Russell met his beloved wife and friend Molly, whom he married on September of 2003. In 2004 Russell became the Senior Pastor (Rector) of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in the Rancho Penasquitos neighborhood of San Diego. In late 2006, Russell, his Associate Pastor Larry Eddingfield and much of the St. Timothy’s Parish left the Episcopal Church over Biblical and Doctrinal issues and formed what is now Christ the King Church, a member of the Anglican Church of North American in the Diocese of Western Anglicans.
Russell is presently very active in reaching out and ministering to youth, especially by leading a team that holds annual retreats for Middle and High School students. Giving teens the opportunity to hear the Gospel and encounter the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Likewise, Russell is a Chaplain for both the San Diego County Sheriff and Probation Departments. Additionally, Russell is a member of the Provincial Council for the ACNA and founding Board Member of the Diocese. He has done a number overseas short-term missions in Africa and one in Argentina. He has missional heart and gets excited about bringing people to faith in Christ.
Russell is presently working on his Doctor of Ministry and hopes to complete his studies in the Summer of 2014. His hobbies include reading, shooting, cooking, traveling and spending time with his beloved wife, Molly.
Pastor Russell has a deep and abiding love of God and the Holy Scripture and as such he has committed his life and ministry to sharing the joy and grace of Christ as Lord and Savior through the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Father Larry Eddingfield
I was born in Alhambra, California, the eldest of three sons, and grew up 20 miles from my birthplace in West Covina, California. I’ve been an active participant and leader in the Boy Scout program, high school activities, college fraternity as well as several business organizations. I enjoy both body and board surfing and hiking in the mountains.
My parents raised us in the Episcopal Church and taught us our moral values of humility, courage, honesty, loyalty, and integrity and to help those in need. When I was18 years old, the Curate at our local church had great impact on my life as I went through the Confirmation process; and during my first Communion I felt the Lord’s presence and was overwhelmed by His grace.
Commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy in 1967, I served 31 years in the Navy, serving as a surface warfare officer commanding destroyers, a cruiser, and a destroyer squadron. I also had the privilege of serving as Deputy and Chief of Staff for all Surface Forces in the Pacific Fleet. Prior to retiring I was in charge of at-sea training for all surface forces in the Pacific Fleet. I was also honored as the recipient of the Navy League’s John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership.
One of the most important things I learned in the Navy was a common saying of my mentors, “take care of those under your authority and responsibility and they will take care of you”. I have found this to be very solid advice.
Following my retirement from the Navy I entered seminary and attended both Bethel Seminary in San Diego and Episcopal Theological School at Claremont, CA. I graduated from Bethel Seminary in 2002 and was ordained a priest in December 2002. I served as a deacon and then the associate pastor at St. Mary’s in the Valley Church until the end of 2004. In January 2005, I was called to be the associate pastor at St. Timothy’s Church in Rancho Penasquitos. And then called to be the associate pastor at Christ The King Church in Carmel Mountain Ranch.
My best friend and wife, Barbara, of 43 years is from Caldwell, Idaho and we have been blessed with two wonderful sons. Our eldest, Larry II, is an Army aviator, flying helicopters at Ft. Irwin, CA, and is married to Val, a wonderful Christian girl from Alabama. Our youngest, Ryan, is a Marine Biologist teaching at Torrey Pines High School. He is married to Erinn another wonderful Christian girl from Texas.
Christ has provided Barbara and me with many opportunities to serve Him in our lives thus far. We are looking forward to the future opportunities He will provide for us as He empowers us to be His heart, hands and legs as He builds the body of Christ.
Father John King
I asked Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior while in college. After attending Promise Keepers in 1995 I began to understand there was more to being a Christian than having once prayed a prayer and then periodically attending church. Over time, I discerned God’s calling to become a priest. This long but fruitful journey that has taken place over three churches and 2 countries.
I am bi-vocational, with 28 years serving as a pediatrician in the U.S. Navy, specializing in children with developmental disabilities, with plans to retire in 2019. I have had the privilege of participating in humanitarian missions offering medical services to 9 countries in Central/South American and the Caribbean as well as Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
I have been married to my wonderful wife Marji for 28 years. My daughter and son-in-law just gave birth to my first grandchild, Elijah! My family has lived in Ramona for a little over a year now, and we love country life.
My passions in ministry include: men’s ministry; discipleship and spiritual direction; Kairos prison ministry; Multicultural ministry; short-term missions; and rural/small town churches. I have been involved in Cursillo for many years and am currently serving as Spiritual Director for the Secretariat. I am also a member of the Diocesan Executive Committee.