Martus is a Chinese-Indonesian “pastor’s kid” born and raised in Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta. While as a youth he had no intention of following his father’s footsteps and becoming a full time minister, in His time God called him and led him into a life of ministry. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in theology from Southeast Asia Bible Seminary (known as SAAT in Indonesian) in Malang, East Java, he completed his internship at Anugerah Indonesian Christian Church in Bandung and continued to serve at that church until SAAT invited him to return as a faculty member in 1995. Although Martus’s primary passion is to serve a congregation, most of his life has been dedicated to the training of future ministers through his work at SAAT. He believes that the core of theological education lies not on academic ability but on a readiness of the heart to serve Christ our Lord and Saviour; therefore, academic quality has to be based on a spiritual foundation. Sent by SAAT, Martus continued his education in the United States, receiving his master’s degrees (MTS and ThM) from Calvin Theological Seminary and his doctorate (PhD) from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Since 2015, Martus has had the honour of serving as SAAT’s president. Martus lectures on the subject of Old Testament Literature. The focus of his research is on the Historical Books of the Bible. His goal is to help the Asian congregation understand those books according to their original context. He believes that the Bible will come to life when allowed to speak in its own way.
STh, MTS, Th.M, Ph.D