Meet Pastor Luther

Meet Pastor Luther

Pastor LutherRev. Luther J. Martell

Pastor Luther Martell accepted the call as Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church & Preschool, Manhattan Beach, CA on June 3, 2006, bringing a vision of compassion and contextual relevancy for the Biblical neighbor. He has exceptional passion for the emergent church movement which adapts well to an ever-changing society. Pastor Luther’s prayer is that Trinity Church & Preschool, Manhattan Beach, finds joy in serving others.

A native of Minnesota, Pastor Luther grew up a “P.K.” (pastor’s kid), born in 1962 when his father, the late Rev. Earl Martell, attended Luther-Northwestern Theological Seminary (St. Paul, MN). Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in 2004, Pastor Luther served as pastor of First Lutheran Church & School (Los Angeles, CA). He completed his one-year seminary internship at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church (Colorado Springs, CO), and served as Interim Youth Director at Bethel Lutheran Church (Northfield, MN).

Pastor Luther has ministered to people from all walks of life in a wide variety of contexts and settings. From his rural Midwest ministry roots to the urban concrete of North Minneapolis’ Harrison neighborhood; to hospital chaplaincy work and establishing a local outreach ministry for Sudanese refugees in Colorado; to working with the addicted and homeless in the Mid-Wilshire district of Los Angeles, and organizing worship in 3 languages for the Korean, Spanish, and English-speaking residents of the L.A. neighborhood he served. 

Prior to his call to ordained ministry, Pastor Luther enjoyed careers in education and journalism. He co-founded Paradox Charter School for severely-emotionally challenged adolescents in Minnesota, and previously was co-publisher of several community newspapers. 

Pastor Luther received his B.A. in English from Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD); Master of Education from University of Minnesota (Mankato, MN); Master of Divinity with a concentration in leadership and urban ministry from Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN). In his spare time, Pastor Luther works towards completion of his PhD in Leadership & Organizational Change. 

Pastor Luther is married to his college sweetheart and partner in ministry, Laurie; together they have raised one son, Samuel. Pastor Luther’s hobbies include drinking good coffee, surfing, sailing, and riding his Harley Davidson.



2012 Trinity Lutheran Church & Preschool.