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Steven D. Martin


Steven D. Martin, Executive Director

Rev. Martin is a pastor at heart who expresses his vocation through filmmaking, dialogue, and activism. His first film, Muslims in Appalachia, was distributed to PBS stations in July of 2001. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, it was aired by over 45 stations to 70 million households in six months and made an important contribution to Muslim-Christian relations. In 2005 he premiered Theologians Under Hitler, which also aired on PBS stations and became a centerpiece for a vast discussion on issues of church and state. He has produced two more films on the role of the German Protestant Church during the Third Reich and has presented these films across the nation. In November of 2008 Elisabeth of Berlin was shown across Germany and brought its subject, the unknown Elisabeth Schmitz, to the attention of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who spoke of her in her speech commemorating the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht in 2008.

Rev. Martin has led dialogues that have included such leaders as Richard Land, Barry Lynn, Richard Scarborough, Arthur Waskow, Gary Cass, Melissa Rogers, and others. He has worked closely with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, producing the campaign's video-based educational resources, and served as the Executive Vice President of Evangelicals for Human Rights (working with David Gushee), also focused on the issue of banning torture.

His film and dialogue work was honored in 2007 by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He has lectured at Chautauqua Institute and numerous universities and churches. His films have been reviewed in The Christian Century, the Duke Divinity School magazine, and numerous online and print publications.

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