Marty McKenzie worked in a very different field for over 27 years before becoming a full-time minister. Over a period of twelve years, he came to realize the call of God on his life to full time ministry. He began working with those in prison in 1997 while still working a full-time job. In 1999, he also began to reach out to those in nursing homes. Both of these led to the founding of His Love Ministries.
Marty believes that God wants him to reach those who are the “downcast” of society. These are the ones Jesus reached out to when He was on earth. He believes we need to reach as many people for Christ as we can in this day of no hope and no security. The only way we will change the world is one person at a time. We all need Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Marty lives in Leesville, South Carolina with his wife, Shelly, and has three grown children and 10 grandchildren.
What We Value
We care deeply about the outcasts and shut-ins. We understand much pain and loneliness comes with society’s neglect or stigmatization. It is our desire to bring a message of hope to those that the society has ignored—those the world has forgotten. We want to love these people as Jesus loves them, and that means giving them the message that he himself preached: there is forgiveness of sins for those who repent.
Marty McKenzie was called to preach in 1992, but his response was much like Moses’ when God called him to bring his message: “I can’t speak in front of people!” It took five years of struggle before he was convinced that God wanted him involved in ministry, specifically ministering to the incarcerated. A mission was laid on his heart to go to the jails and prisons to reach out to those who had been brought low by their past—those in a place in life where they would be receptive to the Gospel.
In October of 1997, Marty preached his first message at a Men’s Ministry Dinner. Two months later, he was preaching for the first time at the Effingham Prison. This quickly led to regular church services each month, and he has been there on a monthly basis ever since.
It didn’t take long for the needs of another forgotten group to come to light, and in 1999 Marty began providing church services in two nursing homes. This time, it was a full church service, complete with hymns, prayer, and a sermon.
That same year, Marty began a partnership with a short wave radio network and began sharing the Gospel with those in Third World countries. The program was on World Wide Christian Radio out of Nashville, TN, and it had the potential to reach 120 countries at one time. A second short-wave radio station was added in 2000. Until this point, providing these services had cost nothing more than the gas to drive to the prison and nursing homes. The addition of the radio ministry created a need for outside financial support, pushing Marty to pursue incorporation and, ultimately, 501(c) 3 status. His Love Ministries was incorporated on April 17th, 2000.
Doors continued to open, and HLM continued to step through them. These opportunities were evidence of God’s call for Marty to spend his full effort on His Love Ministries, and the ministry went full-time March 17, 2003. Today, over 658 services a year are conducted by HLM in 9 different facilities by one full-time minister, a ladies Bible teacher, and an amazing group of volunteers.
From the start, Marty had to rely on God for everything—especially the courage to speak in public. His main message is that Jesus is the Savior. “I stick to Jesus, because that’s the Gospel,” he said. “However, I vary what and how I say something. The only way to change life is through Jesus. I use scripture to make my point.”
While the ministry was set up in 2000 as a nonprofit organization that can take donations, HLM does not ask for money from the people it helps. Instead, the ministry is funded entirely by donations of those who wish to partner with its mission. “The Lord takes care of our finances.”
“We started this ministry to serve the forgotten in our community,” Marty said. “We consider ourselves an extension of mainline churches, even though we don’t have church buildings for ourselves. Our office is our homes, and we don’t buy many supplies. We provide services—that is our goal.”
The goal of HLM is to spread the gospel to those who really need to hear it and equip those who know Christ as Lord and Savior to minister to others. We reach out to those the World has forgotten.
What We Believe
His Love Ministries Statement Of Faith
We believe that the Bible as originally written, was verbally and plenarily inspired, is the product of Spirit-controlled men, and, therefore, is truth without any mixture of error. We believe that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” by which we understand the whole Bible is inspired in the sense that holy men of God “were moved by the Holy Spirit” to write the very words of Scripture. We believe that this divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the writings—historical, poetical, doctrinal, and prophetical such that the whole Bible as inspired by God is without any error. We believe that all the Scriptures center about the Lord Jesus Christ in His person and work in His first and second coming, and hence that no portion, even of the Old Testament, is properly read, or understood, until it leads to Him. We believe the Bible to be the center of true Christian unity and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions shall be tried.(Mark 12:26, 36; 13:11; Luke 24:27, 44; John 5:39; Acts 1:16; 17:2-3; 18:28; 26:22-23; 28:23; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 10:11; II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:19, 20, 21).
• There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons–Father, Son and Holy Spirit—each of whom equally possesses all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality.
• Jesus Christ is God, the living Word, who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Hence, He is perfect Deity and true humanity united in one person forever.
• Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and voluntarily atoned for the sins of men by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone.
• Jesus Christ rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died.
• Jesus Christ ascended bodily into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own.
• Man is created in the image of God. All have sinned disobeying God; thus, man is alienated from His creator. That historic fall brought all mankind under divine condemnation.
• Man’s nature is corrupted, and he is totally unable to please God. Every man is in need of salvation by regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
• The salvation of man is entirely a work of God’s free grace and is not the work, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness or religious ceremony. God imputes His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justifies them forever in His sight.
• It is the privilege of all who are born again of the Spirit to be assured of their salvation from the very moment in which they trust Christ as their Savior and Lord. This assurance is not based on any kind of human merit, but is produced by the witness of the Spirit, who confirms in the believer the testimony of God in His written Word.
• The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to men. He convicts and draws sinners to Christ, imparts new life to them, continually indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth and seals them until the day of redemption. His fullness, power and control are appropriated in the believer’s life by faith. Every believer is called to live in the power of the indwelling Spirit that he might not fulfill the lust of the flesh but will bear fruit to the glory of God.
• Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, His Body, which is composed of all men, living and dead, who have been joined to Him through saving faith.
• God admonishes His people to assemble together in local churches for worship, for participation in the ordinances of believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Table, for edification through the Scriptures and for mutual encouragement.
• At physical death the believer immediately enters into eternal, conscious fellowship with the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting glory and blessing.
• At physical death the unbeliever enters immediately into eternal, conscious separation in Hades away from the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting judgment and condemnation in the Lake of Fire.
• Jesus Christ will come again to the earth personally, visibly and bodily to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
• The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the gospel throughout the world and to disciple men of every nation in the context of the local church. The fulfillment of the Great Commission requires that all worldly and personal ambitions be subordinated to a total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.”
DO YOU KNOW JESUS AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR?
The Bible says there are certain things a person must know to receive forgiveness of sins.
1. You have to realize that you are a sinner. Scripture is clear on this point, and the evidence is everywhere. All you have to do is look outside to see that no one is perfect. God has set a standard for each of us that we have failed to achieve.
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
2. Our sin has separated us from God, because he is just and righteous. He cannot tolerate any deviation from his moral law. Yet, He offers us a free gift: forgiveness and reconciliation. You see, we can’t do it by ourselves. There is nothing you can do to earn God’s forgiveness, but He offers it anyway, because He loves us.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
3. God provided a way to remove our sins, so that He could forgive us while remaining fair and just.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Jesus Christ came to live and die on this Earth that you may have eternal life.
John 14:6 says, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.’”
John 1:12 says, “But as many as received him, to them he gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
Jesus Christ, God incarnate, died on the cross as our substitute, exchanging our sins for His righteousness.
4. God will forgive us and give us eternal life if we repent (admit our sin and turn away from it).
Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him.”
Acts 8:22 says, “Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.”
John 1:29 says, “The next day John saw Jesus coming unto him, and said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.’”
5. God knows the intent of our heart. He is not man that he is fooled by the outward appearance. If we repent and confess Jesus as Lord, Scripture says that we will be saved; God will spare us His wrath and forgive us for how we have rebelled against His rule over creation.
Romans 10:9-10 says, “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
If you have questions about Jesus or the forgiveness He offers, you can visit https://needhim.org and speak to someone who will help answer those.