At the age of 16, God spoke to Pastor Martin and called him to preach. Having a deep love and great faith in God, Leon did not reject the Lord's command-he obeyed!
As a young man he attended Kashmere High and was engaged in Track, Field and Basketball. He was exposed to preaching at an early age by his Father & Mother.
The early years of his preaching ministry were marked with a hunger for the Word of God, praying and fasting. Leon knew that the more he knew and understood God's Word, the more he could say concerning Christ.
So he completed four (4) years of Bible College at L.I.F.E. Bible College and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies and a Master's Degree from Friends University. He has also completed many classes and courses from other colleges. In 2007, Friends University conferred upon him the Doctorate Degree for the many years he has been in the ministry and for his active participation in the community.
In November 1974, he founded Love, Peace and Happiness Church in Compton, CA with 10 members. In 1993, he organized a second church in Rialto, CA which is growing tremendously under the pastoralship of his son, Pastor Carlos Martin. In January 2010, he reorganized a church in Los Angeles thus making the "One Church in Multiple Locations". The Los Angeles Church is growing by leaps and bounds. There is a new excitement in the atmosphere and God is adding to the church daily. Presently he has over 1000 members.
Bishop Leon Martin is known for his dynamic preaching and teaching of the Word and Seminars on Soul Winning. He can be heard on the radio raves throughout California. He has been on the radio for over 25 years and his radio ministry has touched millions of lives. His radio program has been rated the #1 program on KTYM Radio-1460 AM. His radio program has been rated the #1 program on KTYM Radio-1460 AM. He recently began a new radio broadcast on Sunday mornings on KJLH Radio-102.3 FM which is owned by Stevie Wonder.
Bishop Martin is also known for the "big top tent" where hundreds of souls have been saved, delivered and set free. Through Bishop Martin's teachings in the inner city as well as his commitment to the work of the Lord, hundreds and thousands of people have accepted Jesus Christ and their lives have been wonderfully transformed into the image of God. God has given Bishop Martin a vision and many people have been richly blessed through his ministry.
Bishop Martin and his wife, Jacqueline have been married for 38 years with three beautiful children-- two sons and one daughter, all of which are in ministry and three granddaughters and two grandsons.