The Reverend Paul P. Martin, Esq. was ordained an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church on April 5, 2014 at the 142th Session of the New Jersey Annual Conference under the direction of the Right Reverend Gregory GM Ingram, Presiding Bishop and was thereafter appointed Pastor of Mount Carmel AME Church, New Rochelle, New York at the 192nd Session of the New York Annual Conference on April 27, 2014. He is a graduate of New York Theological Seminary obtaining his Master of Divinity Degree in 2013. He was previously assigned to St. James AME Church in Newark, New Jersey under the direction of Rev. Ronald Slaughter and Rev. William D. Watley (current Pastor of St. Phillip AME Church, Atlanta GA)
Rev. Martin is the son of the late Rev. Paul P. Martin and Merva Martin of Erie, Pa. His father served as Presiding Elder of the Scranton District in the 2nd Episcopal District of the AME Church. His father was not his only ministerial influence, his grandfather the Rev. Van Hardy served as Pastor of Marine Baptist Church Pittsburgh, PA. His cousin, Rev. Richard Burgess is the Pastor of Nazarene Baptist Church, Pittsburgh PA and his brother in law, Rev. Edward Cross also have had an impact upon his journey. Rev. Martin credits his ability to reach out beyond himself and to look to the needs of others to his spiritual father, Rev. William D. Watley, who thru his mentoring, advice and chastising Rev. Martin was able to stay focused on God and believe that God has a plan that is greater than any plan we can have for ourselves or others can have for us.
An accomplished attorney, Rev. Martin was admitted to practice law in the State of New York in 1990. He commenced his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, New York from 1989-1995.
After serving as an Assistant District Attorney, Rev. Martin transitioned to the private sector. He has successfully represented hundreds of individuals accused of crimes and represented clients in such notable/high profile cases such as the Martha Stewart Case, the New York State Governor Patterson Investigation, the Sean Bell Murder Case and numerous other press cases.
Rev. Martin is a frequent legal commentator on television and radio appearing on NBC's the Today Show, CNN, Fox News and Court Television. He has also been showcased in documentaries such as Investigation Discovery's Fatal Encounters.
Rev. Martin was the first participant in the St. John's University School of Law and the United Negro College Fund Dual Degree Program. He is a graduate of Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio (B.A.) and St. John's University School of Law, Queens, New York (J.D.). He is a member of the New York State Bar and is also admitted to the United States District Court of the Southern and Eastern District. He is a member of the New York State Defenders Association. He is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated and he is a Prince Hall Mason, 32 Degree.
Rev. Martin is the father of five children; Aundrea, Renee, Natalie, Jackie and Pricey.