Damian Martinez, originally from the Bronx in New York, is a dynamic and energized young man with a heart to guide youth and children back to their Abba Father. At a young age, his family moved down to Miami Beach, FL where he lived in a violent home with an alcoholic and drug-ridden father. At the age of 11, leaving very violent and deadly living circumstances, with his mother and brother they left Miami Beach and moved to Lake Placid, a very small town in central Florida. It was there where Damian accepted Jesus as his Lord and grew in discipleship at the First Assembly of God. By the age of 14, he had an encounter with God that forever changed who he was and his destiny, being called into the ministry during a time of prayer in his own bedroom.
A first generation Pastor and the only one among his entire family, he graduated from high school in 2004 and continued to be a volunteer student leader in that church’s youth ministry. Staying at home for one year and attending a community college, Damian with several other young adult leaders in Highlands County also started a countywide young adults bible study called “Elevate.” It grew to over 100 college students in less than a year that spanned across many denominations and fused the unity of many churches and church leaders in Highlands County. From there, he attended Southeastern University and graduated with a double major in Practical Theology and Church Ministries and a double minor in Youth Ministry and Business in 2008. During that time, he was a part of several leadership organizations on campus including: SEU Preaching Team (traveling through central Florida preaching in RV parks, youth ministries, churches, etc.), F.I.R.S.T Teams Leader and Mentor under the leadership of Mrs. Alison Rutland (campus-wide freshman discipleship groups), and Adoration (a bilingual worship ministry in which Damian played the trumpet player, and had the role of the group’s spiritual director).
Damian started traveling as an evangelist at a young age in college to bring the message of the Kingdom of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ at several youth ministries in Florida and throughout the USA. Once he graduated in 2008, the Lord led Damian to become the youth pastor of the church plant with South Florida for 6 years until he started “Rise Up Global.” This ministry launched in January 2013, and started traveling full time towards the end of 2013. Damian now travels full time as an evangelist. His messages makes a huge impact in churches and conferences with his relevant and innovative ideas, and has a true love in ministering to all ages, especially youth and young adults. He also is an entrepreneur, and has started his own successful motivational speaking business to speak into schools. Damian also loves to joke and have fun, has the GO-power of the energizer bunny, and currently resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Damian is available to speak to youth groups in schools and churches, and published his first book, “Is Your Face In The Book” which you can purchase here. To learn more information about having Damian come minister at your next event or gathering, please click here.