Martin Jackson grew up in an officially agnostic family, but by God’s grace he met the risen Lord Jesus Christ in a secularized Spanish Catholic mission church when he was 12. He says he immediately became a bond servant or slave of Jesus.
Martin became a newspaper editor, an Army electronics instructor, an electrician, a school bus driver, a computer technician, an emergency medical technician, and finally a publisher. Retired from all but publishing, he put his writing on spiritual warfare in print. With his wife, CeCe, he’s also written Radical Grace for Finances, the story of their adventures taking Jesus Christ at His word about money.
His education in spiritual warfare has been on the job. His teacher has been the Holy Spirit, with the Bible as the textbook.
Martin was born in Jerome, Arizona. He grew up around historians and archaeologists studying the Native American and Spanish cultures of Arizona and New Mexico. He attended schools in both states, but finished high school at Hollister, California. He earned a degree in international relations, international economics and public administration at Pomona College.He also met his future wife there.
After his first paid newspaper job he spent two years in the United States Army, teaching Hawk air defense missile guidance systems. He completed his military service as a Specialist Five and acting platoon sergeant. He returned to newspapers in California and Arizona as an editor, reporter, photographer and turnaround specialist.
He’s helped found chambers of commerce, been a Boy Scouts committeeman and merit badge counselor, staffed a medical rescue unit, trained teachers for the American Heart Association
“God had had enough of me as a ‘Lone Ranger’ Christian by 1966, and told me to join a church,” Martin says. The church was Trinity Lutheran in Hemet, California. Martin and his family have been active across denominational lines. The call to serve God as a soldier came there too. After a move to the mountains of Arizona Martin became a school bus driver, telephone and computer technician and electrician, and continued study and application of the weapons of spiritual warfare.
Weapons of Spiritual Warfare, second edition, a book published by Four Craftsmen, is a current snapshot of that study.
Radical Grace for Finances, written with his wife, Cecelia, tells stories about lessons CeCe and Martin went through in financial matters, finding out that God is indeed reliable for all He’s promised.