Marten is passionate about finding ways to foster healthy relationships with others, with the mystery of God, and with our truest selves. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT) at Trevecca Nazarene University and is an intern under the supervision of Samuel Rainey (Lic# 2618).
Marten brings a diverse and complex set of life experiences to his practice. Prior to becoming a therapist, Marten worked internationally as an educator and counselor, worked in the healthcare industry, operated a small business and was in leadership with a community development not-for-profit. He is also a recent graduate from the Living School in Albuquerque, NM, where Marten had the privilege of sitting in the mentorship and teaching of Fr. Richard Rohr and an exceptional faculty. During this season of spiritual formation, he gained perspective and developed comfort in various practices that fostered more inclusive and integrated ways of being in the world.
James Finley, Dr. James Cone, Fr. Greg Boyle and the writings of Parker Palmer, Howard Thurman, and Wendell Berry have all greatly influenced Marten. He loves early morning walks before the rest of the world is stirring and enjoys time in the kitchen creating with the palate of food. Marten and his wife Beth, love traveling, camping/hiking, and spending time with extended family. Marten moved to Tennessee from his native Ontario, Canada in 2010.
“You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul come to take us back.
Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.
Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.
Help us to Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.
Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.”
~ John O’Donohue