Bishop Martins is a native of Brazil and was raised in the suburbs of Chicago. Educated at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, and the University of California at Santa Barbara before a decade of work in the insurance and retail field in Oregon, he matriculated at Nashotah House in 1986 and received the M.Div. degree in 1989.

He has served as curate and school chaplain at St. Luke’s, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; vicar of St. Margaret’s, Baton Rouge; rector of St. John’s Church in Stockton, California; and rector of St. Anne’s, Warsaw, Indiana. He was consecrated Bishop of Springfield in 2011. The bishop and his wife, Brenda, have been married since 1972. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.