“I am deeply honored and humbled to serve as the Pastor of the people of Immanuel as well as to the students of NIU and Kish College. I see a significant change playing out in both society and church and desire to equip all people, especially young adults to serve as effective leaders in this constantly changing and evolving world. I LOVE leading Bible studies and having deep and challenging conversations about God, His existence, His Word and plans for us all.”
- Bachelors of Arts in History with minors in Military and Political Science from NIU 1992
- Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis 1997
Pastor Marty is married to Krista (Dehlin) Marks. They met at NIU while attending Immanuel and were married in 1993. They have four Children, Riley 19, Sadie 16, Carter 13 and Chloe 10. They love living in DeKalb as part of the “townie” crowd. Krista has taught elementary school, run her own Usborne book business with a large national team and now serves as the school social worker for Cortland Elementary.
Pastor Marty loves playing games, especially board and card games (modern “Euro games” such as settlers of Catan, Dominion and Ticket to Ride, 7 Wonders and TCG games such as “Magic the gathering”). He also really enjoys Pizza and cheese dip. More than anything he loves people and appreciates the many relationships the Lord has blessed him with. Pastor Marty and his family lived for 3 months in New Zealand while on sabbatical in early 2019 and they have now have a special place in their heart for the land of the Kiwis!