Billy Graham Center


Interviews of Joel Martínez Hernandez- Collection 522

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Table of Contents

Title Page and Restrictions

Brief Description of This Collection


An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

Lists of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)

    Audio Tapes

Collection 522                                                                                                           [June 6, 2008]
Joel Martínez Hernandez; 1949-
Interviews; 1995

Audio tapes (.08 cubic feet)

Restrictions: None

Brief Description. Oral history interviews in which Martínez discusses: his early childhood in Jaruco, Cuba; conversion to Christianity; being son of missionaries; bi-culturalism; Toccoa Falls boarding school and college; effect of service in the United States Navy on spiritual development; reasons for not being TEAM missionary; missionary work in Barcelona and then Madrid, Spain with Christian & Missionary Alliance; traditional church models versus cell-group based models; education at Wheaton College Graduate school; importance of holistic living as missionaries; reaching families in Spain; ministering with and through his own family


Full name

Joel Martínez Hernandez (Cuba de Morales)


May 25, 1949 in Pinar del Rio, Cuba.


  Marital Status Married Nancy; 1973



Sonya; David; Jonathan; Mark


1954, Age 5: received Jesus Christ through the witness of his parents in Jaruco, Cuba


1984, ordained as a Baptist minister




Toccoa Falls (high school), Toccoa Falls, Georgia



Toccoa Falls College, Toccoa Falls, Georgia



Columbia Bible College, Columbia, South Carolina

  1977 Graduate School at Columbia Bible College



Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois. Graduated with a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies




United States Navy, San Francisco, CA and Pensacola, FL



Joined Christian and Missionary Alliance, sent to Barcelona, Spain



Church planting with Christian and Missionary Alliance, Madrid, Spain


2002- present

Cell church planting and started The Sunflower Center for counseling, Granada, Spain

Scope and Content

Joel Martínez Hernandez was interviewed by Paul Ericksen on August 4, 1995, at the office of the BGC Archives. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1949-1995.

T1 (74 minutes). Earliest memories as a child in Cuba; conversion with mother at age 5 in church; Catholicism in Cuba; the Free Baptist church; father’s conversion; American missionaries in Cuba; moving to Miami; father’s work with Cuban refugees; brief stint at Free Baptist Home Missions headquarters, Nashville; parents moving to New York City to work with New York Bible Society; parents sending to Toccoa Falls (boarding school); immigrant childhood and its effects; Miami and Cuban immigrants; experience in a ministry family; dedicating his life to God for full-time service at a Christian camp; going to a Miami Billy Graham crusade; meeting Cliff Barrows as a highlight of his spiritual journey; difficulty in teenage years ; Toccoa Falls at beginning of 7th grade year; importance of understanding himself as a bi-cultural kid; developing sense of self apart from being Cuban or American; heart for bi-cultural kids especially in ministry families; middle and high school at Toccoa Falls boarding school; memories of Dr. Julian Bandy, president of Toccoa Falls College; learning about southern culture; discrimination from first girlfriend’s family; blessing of Toccoa Falls through gaining life long friends; meeting other missionary kids and bi-cultural kids at Toccoa Falls; benefits of looking back on his life now and learning about God’s direction in it; joining the Navy after his sophomore year of college to run away from problems

T2 (76 minutes). Rejection from Air Force; four year commitment to US Navy; Religious Petty Officer; working in a San Francisco Veterans hospital; Neuropsych Technical School; Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Pensacola, FL; meeting Nancy at a James Robinson Crusade, Pensacola; marriage; working in Psychology department; getting degree in Education from Columbia Bible College; joining TEAM through guidance of Michael Pocock, planning to go to Madrid as missionary; not fitting in with TEAM; his Dad recommending Christian Missionary Alliance; speaking with Dr. LL Keene about going to Spain; remembering Dr. William Cornfield of Columbia as an influence to missions; discrimination; arriving in Barcelona; trying various evangelism techniques; duplicating the Lima model of a big, visual church effecting the neighborhood; language school to learn Castilian Spanish and Catalan; recounting first people led to Christ; showing Billy Graham movie “Time to Run” to neighborhood youth; offering family counseling to community; living holistically as most effective evangelism; correcting unproductive strategies; moving to Madrid as a Pastor; working with middle management class; implementing the organic cell-group model as opposed to traditional church model; working with the new C&MA director of Spain; experiencing effects of the Catholic church in Spain; learning the Spanish culture; Gypsy church movement

T3 (29 minutes). Economic growth in Spain and its effects; heterogeneous vs homogeneous cell groups; believing United States needs multi-ethnic worship services; growing Hispanic population in the United States; discussing future goals in Spain; raising bi-cultural children; thoughts about Wheaton College revival; remembering Toccoa Falls revivals; being older person in College classes; calling to train youth; seeing his family as essential to the ministry; effects of ministering to Spain through family mentoring; cultivating deep friendships in Spain; importance of children present in the life of the church; effectiveness as holistic missionaries


The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Mr. Martinez in 1995.

Accession: 95-119
June 6, 2008
Noel Collins

Accession: 95-119
Type of Material: Audio Tapes
The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE file.

Item# - Reel or cassette, speed, length, number of sides, contents (title of session, participants) according to the program, date.










3 3/4



Oral history interview of Joel Martinez by Paul Ericksen




3 3/4



Continuation of interview of Joel Martinez by Paul Ericksen




3 3/4



Conclusion of interview of Joel Martinez by Paul Ericksen



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