ELIZABETHTOWN — Yvonka A. Martin of Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church will deliver her initial sermon at Baldwin Branch on Sept. 17 at 5 p.m.
Martin is the daughter of Evangelist Annie Smith and Baldwin Branch Trustee Chairman, Walter Rhodie, Sr. She was born July 16, 1968 in Bladen County. Martin graduated from East Bladen High School in Elizabethtown and continued her education at Bladen Community College in Dublin where she obtained an associate degree in Early Childhood Education. She was married to Johnnie Council Aug. 6, 1989. They have four children: Jessica, Jasmine, Johnnie III and Jerome and two grandchildren, Michael and Angelique.
Additionally, Martin received an associate degree in theology from the NC Theological Seminary – Bladen County Chapter located on the campus of Baldwin Branch. Her plan is to continue her Biblical studies in pursuit of a Doctorate of Theology under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin.
Martin began working in the church at an early age by singing with her brothers and sister. Today she continues to sing as a member of the Baldwin Branch Praise Ensemble and the United Voices Choir.
Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South, Elizabethtown.