Marty Freeman is the founding pastor of The Altar. He has been blessed to serve several great churches in Kansas and Oklahoma. He led two churches through revitalization and oversaw rapid growth in both.
Marty grew up a Kansas native with a strong church background and a unique gift in music. He began singing and ministering God’s Word at a young age and that passion opened doors for him as a student at Oral Roberts University. He was classically trained for five years and sang on the daily television show at ORU as a guest soloist. After recording an album in Nashville, TN, he spent several years traveling the U.S. in worship ministry. He later became a worship pastor.
Being a “worshipper at heart” brings a unique perspective to the role of Sr. Pastor. Marty often says, “God’s presence is better ‘felt than telt.’ Five seconds in God’s presence can do more than 50 sermons.” Marty doesn’t view the worship as an ornamental part of the service that sets up the message. He values the manifest presence of God as the key goal of every service. Marty believes that God loves to be experienced and enjoyed.
The hope of the world is the local church. Marty often teaches that every local church has its own, unique fingerprint in their community. Therefore, he spends time encouraging other pastors, partnering in community outreach efforts and passionately promoting the growth of God’s kingdom throughout the area.
Marty’s passion for local outreach opened the door to launch the Wichita Dream Center in 2002. Today, the new Dream Center ICT has been established to make a lasting difference in our community. Through a partnership with Tommy and Matthew Barnett of the Los Angeles Dream Center, the vision continues to grow. The Dream Center is a faith-based, social services organization committed to sharing the gospel by becoming “salt and light” in our local community. The Dream Center’s mission is to “find a need and fill it, find a hurt and heal it.”
Marty and Polly are the proud parents of three wonderful boys: Michael, Noah and Ben. Marty’s wife Polly holds a Masters of Social Work from Wichita State University and works with at-risk families through a local pediatric clinic.