Shannan Martin, author of The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God’s Goodness Around You and Falling Free: Rescued from the Life I Always Wanted, is a speaker and writer who found her voice in the country and her story in the city.  She and her jail-chaplain husband, Cory, have four funny children who came to them across oceans and rivers. They live as grateful neighbors in Goshen, Indiana. 


Shannan speaks regularly around the country to a wide range of groups and can customize her message to best fit the event's mission and goal. Most often, she speaks on the following topics:

  • Surrendering our Dreams for God's Unique Plan
  • Trading Comfort and Security for the Truly Abundant Life
  • Living on Mission with A Young Family
  • Building Homes of Radical Hospitality
  • Living Everyday as a Neighbor
  • Enduring Through the Low-Lands of Ministry
  • The Ministry of Paying Attention
  • Adoption and Living a Broad Definition of Family
  • Cultivating Loving Relationships with People at the Margins

"Like spending time with an old friend, Shannan speaks love, life, and challenge in a way that connects perfectly with the listener. Speaking at the Brethren National Conference, Shannan captured the imagination of the audience, presenting the challenge to follow Jesus in the everyday situations of life."  --Ryan Smith, Director of Ministry Operations & Leader Development, Ashland, Ohio

"Shannan is not only a phenomenal writer, but also an anointed speaker. Shannan engaged us with openness and humility from a place of power and vulnerability. Shannan taught us the heart of Christ, and her story of downward mobility in God’s upside down Kingdom inspired and empowered us to follow suit."   -- Rebecca Wen, event coordinator at Point Community Church of central New Jersey

“Shannan’s written words have encouraged and propelled me for years. It was such a pleasure and even more empowering to hear her heart in words spoken at our women’s retreat. Shannan’s ability to weave Scripture, storytelling, and a call to action is uniquely her own: our attendees sat on the edge of their seats scribbling notes ferociously and fully engaged. She is relatable, relevant, and refreshing in her message of freedom and love.” - Jennifer Zila, event coordinator at Point Community Church of central New Jersey