About

A proud generalist ( Forbes, The Value Of Being A Generalist) Paul Martin’s experience spans sales, music publishing and production, human rights advocacy, social services, child welfare, pastoral ministry, politics, and thought leadership.

His background includes the corporate sector, general and faith-based non-profits, and government partnerships — from municipal projects with schools and law enforcement to collaboration with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House, under both Democrat and Republican administrations.

He has worked with and advised four founders of prominent international Christian organizations. He has held roles as President, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director, Managing Director, Vice President, Senior Pastor, and Executive Pastor. His geographical span is local, national, and international.

Throughout his career, Martin has led and been at the forefront of large-scale change initiatives, fundraising campaigns, substantive national project rollouts, and the development of innovative programs.

His started his career as a commercial real estate broker with one of Orange County’s largest firms. He recalls making thousands of “cold calls” which he deems formative to his future development.

He was recruited to head business development for John Wimber’s Vineyard Music, where he led a restructuring effort that included spearheading domestic and international partnerships with global entities including EMI Music. His portfolio included the United States, as well as Western Europe, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Africa. He later accepted a multi-year assignment to head the organization’s European operations in London, where he served as Managing Director and fostered the publication of the Vineyard Music’s first foreign intellectual properties. He has contributed to a number of albums as both a bass player and as Executive Producer.

Upon his return to the U.S., Paul amalgamated his professional experience with his deep passion for philanthropy and the Christian humanitarian ethos. He founded the U.S. chapter of Soul Survivor, a UK-based ministry that produced prolific artists Matt Redman and Tim Hughes. Soul Survivor events drew hundreds of thousands of youth on four continents and modeled servant leadership, personal integrity, and the importance of giving back to society.

Under Paul’s leadership, Soul Survivor U.S. hosted tens of thousands of young people via its events, many being at-risk teenagers. Students from around the country were mobilized to invest in servant leadership projects and the mentoring of at-risk children. During this time, Paul worked closely with local law enforcement, city government, and thousands of volunteers.

During his vocational journey, Paul has continued to invest in his passion for learning, particularly his interests in history, philosophy, religion, sociology, and psychology. His formal studies focused on ethics, epistemology, formal logic, political philosophy, and the influences of virtue and truth within society. He earned a BA in philosophy from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and an MA in the philosophy of religion and ethics from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University.

Paul was recruited to serve in pastoral roles at two Anglican churches where his duties included family ministries, pulpit teaching, and executive leadership. For two years he advised the late Dr. Robert H. Schuller in his deep passion to unite the realms of faith and science. He has served in various other non-profit assignments, including the March of Dimes and one of Orange County’s largest homelessness prevention agencies, Family Assistance Ministries. He has advised and worked alongside socially responsible corporations including Bank of America, Chevron, FedEx, and Cisco.

In 2017, Paul formally launched a campaign for United States Congress, running in California’s 48th congressional district. His campaign — based mainly on the human rights abuse of Vladimir Putin, particularly his suspension of adoption of Russian orphans to America — won him the endorsements of international human rights crusader, Bill Browder and chess grandmaster, Garry Kasparov. His local campaign received national attention from national media outlets including The Atlantic, NPR, Forbes, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, and NBC. He has written articles for a number of media outlets.

In 2018 Paul accepted a role as President and CEO of a little-known child welfare organization, Royal Family Kids. He worked to build an exemplary board of directors, took the stakeholders through a comprehensive theory of change strategic plan process, and rebranded the organization to For The Children. Under Paul’s leadership, the organization grew to over 20,000 volunteers across 250 chapters across the U.S., working in 45 states, 600 counties, and 12 countries.

Paul’s volunteer work has included tutoring of at-risk children and coaching football, basketball, and soccer for his children’s sports teams.

Paul is an avid cook, reader, writer, bass player, traveler, and hot yoga enthusiast. The son of an Italian immigrant mother, and Mexican/Spanish father, he grew up on a six-acre working ranch in his native Orange County, California. He and his wife, Gina, live in Southern California and have five children.