Rev. Marty Duren
Reverend Marty Duren founded Mercy Tree Ministries with Brenda Armstrong and a team from New Bethany Baptist Church in Buford, GA, where he pastored at the time.
Being burdened about the lack of church attendance and families not getting the spiritual, emotional, and practical help they needed, in 2002 Marty led the team to begin a benevolent ministry that would do more than give a sack of groceries or pay a gas bill. The goal was to minister to the total person with an emphasis on their spiritual well being first. Marty's desire was that God would greatly use this ministry, beyond New Bethany, to include other churches and community partnerships to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ to the hurting and nedy among us.
Marty, his wife Sonya, and their three children live in Flowery Branch, Georgia.