The Reverend Martin Yabroff
Fr. Martin grew up mainly in California, and met his wife Eve at UC Santa Cruz. After receiving his seminary degree from Boston University School of Theology (M.Div., 1982), he was Assistant to the Rector at St. Mary’s by-the-Sea, Pacific Grove, CA, where he was ordained a priest in 1985. He served as founding vicar of St. Philip’s, Scotts Valley, CA from 1987 to 2004, as the congregation grew from six to 100 households. He then was called to be the Dean of the Cathedral of St. James, South Bend, Indiana. This call was for a season of transition as the cathedral came through a very difficult period. He then accepted a call to St. Andrew’s, Tacoma, in 2007. In this diocese, Martin served on Diocesan Council for nine years, including several years as Council Chaplain. He has served as Deputy to General Convention from El Camino Real and Northern Indiana, and he serves on the board of Associated Ministries, a local interfaith agency addressing homelessness in Pierce County. Martin and Eve have six children and five grandchildren.
Parish Leadership, which according to the Bible is by God’s grace through Christ, is described in Ephesians 4:11–16.
“The gifts he [Christ] gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. … Speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.”
Associate clergy and parish staff
Question: Who are the ministers of the Church?
Answer: The ministers of the Church are lay persons, bishops, priests, and deacons.
The Book of Common Prayer, p. 855