Metro Pentecostal Church is the first of many Apostolic Pentecostal Churches in the Tulsa county area. It was first known as the 1st Pentecostal Church of Garden City. It began with baptisms at the old Hickory mines, the Tulsa State Fair Grounds today (21st Street & between Harvard & Yale), in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ according to Acts 2:38 by the late Rev. Arthur T. Duck in 1922. Since that time, Metro Pentecostal Church has grown exponentially.
The Garden City 1st Pentecostal Church became a part of the Pentecostal Church Incorporated (PCI) in the 1930’s. The pastor was Rev. Clarence Crain. However, under the leadership of Rev. B.L. Still (1941-1958), the Church became an affiliated member of the United Pentecostal Church Incorporated (UPCI), Hazelwood, MO., in 1956. Rev. Lloyd Still pastored from 1958 – 1969. Rev. Orville Bryant held the longest tenure as the Pastor from 1969 – May 31, 2000. It was during his pastorate that the assembly moved from Garden City to the Berryhill community, west Tulsa area. The church’s name was changed from the 1st Pentecostal Church of Garden City / South Tulsa United Pentecostal Church to Berryhill United Pentecostal Church to accommodate this address change. As of 2003, the congregation decided to go back to its roots and the official incorporated name of the church became, 1st Pentecostal Church of Tulsa. July 1, 2000, began Pastor Don Martin’s tenure. When relocating to the Tulsa Metro campus in 2009, the church adopted the “doing business as” name of Metro Pentecostal Church.
In August of 2006, the Collinsville campus, 1st Pentecostal Church of Collinsville, was launched. This would become our first of several campuses and church plants. Presently, Rev. & Mrs. Kyle Holt are the Campus Pastor. From the success of this multi-site Church planting, the M1 Ministries came into existence.
In 2015, the La Iglesia Pentecostal Metro began as our Hispanic Church. Rev. & Mrs. Urbano Pacheco are the Campus Pastor.
In 2018, the Chuuk Metro Pentecostal Church was begun. The Chuuk people are Islanders and many of them reside in Tulsa.
Both Pastor & Mrs. Don Martin come from United Pentecostal Church minister’s homes. He was born and raised in Texas. He attended Western Apostolic Bible College in Stockton, CA. He taught at Gateway College of Evangelism in St. Louis, MO, Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, MN, and Indiana Bible College in Indianapolis, IN. Pastor Martin received his Bachelor of Theology degree from Apostolic Bible Institute. St. Paul, MN and his Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, St. Louis, MO. She was born in Oregon and raised in Oklahoma. She also attended Western Apostolic Bible College in Stockton, CA. This is where they met and were married in 1973.
They have two children, Misty and Jeremy. Misty and her husband, Aaron Arrowood and children (Matthew & Audrey) are the Pastor of the Westport United Pentecostal Church in Indiana and assistant Pastor at the Apostolic Pentecostal Tabernacle, Seymour, IN. Jeremy and his wife, Misty, two sons (Darren & Joshua), and daughter (Annaliese) live in Tulsa. Rev. & Mrs. Jeremy Martin assist in ministry at the Metro Pentecostal Church.
Pastor & Mrs. Don Martin have pastored in Birmingham, AL, Brownwood, TX, Austin, TX, and now in Tulsa, OK. They have a rich ministry of more than 43 years with over 33 years in pastoral work.