Roland Martinez was born in Miami to a good Cuban family, eating good Cuban food, drinking good Cuban coffee and faithfully supporting all Miami sports teams! Go Heat! (Being in NC, he can find a little room in his heart to support the Carolina Panthers, too). Most of all, he is very thankful to have surrendered his life to Christ at a young age and the stability provided him by his maternal grandparents, who raised him.
He has been in full time ministry since 1994. It was that same year, in July, that Roland married the love of his life, Tammy. Since then, God has blessed them with a quiver full of six children. Their daughters Marissa, Mandy, Abi, and Brianna were born in 95, 97, 99 and 01. God wasn’t done yet. In 2005 and later in 2011, God blessed them with two sons, Cai and Lucas.
The Lord has given Roland many opportunities to serve in various aspects of ministry, from teaching and administration in Christian education, to coaching, to various pastoral roles in the local church, and Chaplain work with professional athletes and first responders. They spent 3 years of ministry in Miami. Then 10 years of ministry in the Naples/Ft. Myers area of Florida. They now reside in Huntersville, NC.
Roland now serves as the President of Christian Family Life. Christian Family Life is a ministry that was founded in 1971 with the mission to help marriages thrive around the world by training Marriage Disciplers who build, enrich, and reconcile relationships. He is certified through Prepare/Enrich to provide mentoring to pre-engaged, engaged, and married couples in crisis, and has formal training in nouthetic counseling. He is passionate about great commission work through the platfom of marriage in the local community as well as Cuba and other Caribbean and Latin American countries.