Martin Houston has personally experienced the thrills of success and the agony of disappointment. Born in Centre, Alabama, he aspired to be a professional football player for the Dallas Cowboys. Martin passionately pursued his dream, achieving All-State (three times) and “1987 Player of the Year” honors at CCHS. At the University of Alabama, he rushed for over 1,000 yards and was known for getting the tough yards. He played on two SEC Championship Teams and the 1992 National Championship Team. He was recognized as a leader on and off the field, receiving such honors as “The Sylvester Croom - Commitment to Excellence Award”, Academic All-SEC, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) President and “The Charlie Compton-Christian Leadership Award”. Martin realized his dream by signing with the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers in 1993. A freak knee injury ended his career prematurely, but he never missed a beat! Martin married his sweetheart, Cassandra in November of 1989 and they have four beautiful children (two boys and two girls).
Today, Martin is known for his commitment to achieve at the highest level. Early in his life, he learned the importance of goal setting, hard work, believing in yourself, never quitting and setting high standards. During his time at Alabama, he really honed these skills. Since graduating from the University, he has combined these principles into one of his most presented topics, “The Winning Game Plan.” He also saw the direct benefit of these principles in his professional career at BellSouth/ATT. Martin was a Pinnacle Award Winner (Top Performer) as a manager, as well as a three-time Gateway II Participant (a program for high potential leaders).
Martin is known as an engaging and energetic communicator who encourages, educates, equips and empowers his audiences. Due to a very diverse and extensive background, he is comfortable speaking to a wide-ranging and diverse audience. As a public speaker and radio host, he has learned to connect with his audiences by delivering relevant and practical messages mixed with life-changing challenges and timely humor. When it comes to leadership training and motivational Pep-Talks, Martin is masterful at giving your practical and helpful insight, which you can put into immediate practices.
As a business owner, spiritual leader and pastor, Martin is committed to the highest level of integrity, building a winning organization, edifying the saints and unifying the body of Christ. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Membership Growth for Alabama One and as the Lead Pastor at Harvest Church in Tuscaloosa (Coker), AL as well as hosting The Martin Houston Show on Tide 100.9. He is an internationally-recognized, faith-based, inspirational speaker and is the Chief Empowerment Officer/Lead Communicator for "The Empowerment Center.” Throughout his time in Tuscaloosa, he has served in positions ranging from church planter to Executive Senior Pastor. He served as the Co-Host on the New Day Café Morning Program and Community Relations Director, for Moody Radio South. He also serves in a part-time role with PraiseFest Ministries as Media and Public Relations Director. Martin is best known for his ability to communicate deep spiritual messages in a real, relevant and practical way. Over the past 25 years, He has developed into a powerful, dynamic and anointed communicator, who uses passion and humor to communicate life-impacting messages. Whether speaking in a church, to students, to civic groups or to corporate leaders, Martin helps his audience live a life of passion and purpose!