Dr. Martin Trench
Dr. Martin Trench was born in Lima, Peru to Scottish parents who lived there for 8 years. His family returned to Scotland, UK when he was 6 years old and he lived in the UK until 2009, when he moved to Canada. His life began to rollercoaster out of control in his teens until he was dramatically converted to faith in Jesus Christ when he was 18 years old. This experience of being impacted by the presence of God, being challenged and convicted by the power of the gospel, being born-again, and baptized in the Holy Spirit and in water, transformed his life and led to his call by God into full-time ministry.
Trench studied at the famous Bible Training Institute in Glasgow, Scotland from 1986-1989 and went on to acquire other degrees (Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate) from different institutions, in Philosophy, Ministry, and Theology. However, its not the academic papers that are important to him, and so he doesn't place much emphasis on them or on titles, rather it is his life and ministry experience, his ongoing walk with God, and his hunger for continual study, research, and life-long-learning that mean the most to him and have guided his ministry. He has always had an interest in history, archeology, psychology, and theology yet dislikes “dry” intellectualism, and his life has been impacted in a powerful way by seeing, experiencing, and being used by God in prophecy, dreams, visions, healing, and supernatural events.
When Trench graduated from BTI in 1989, he became an assistant pastor with a charismatic church in Scotland, and after 6 years was sent out to plant a new church which grew into a multi-staff apostolic centre. After another church plant, he felt called to something new but didn’t know what. He and his wife spent about a year seeking God, and he responded with prophetic words and clear guidance that led us to Gateway Church in Edmonton, Alberta, so at the beginning of 2009 his wife, Christine, and their two daughters accompanied him to Canada to begin a new and exciting phase of their life and ministry. He has two sons who still live in the UK. God has blessed, grown, and transformed their church and opened the door to many new opportunities in the last few years and they are excited about what God still has in store for them.