The Edna Martin Christian Center began life in 1941 when Mrs. Edna Barnes Martin started a daycare in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood. As it grew, it was named the East Side Christian Center, and Martin became known as a community activist. In 1946, the Center became a Home Mission of the American Baptist Churches, USA. As a result of this affiliation, the services and programs of the center expanded to include social services to strengthen families in the neighborhood.
Thus, the board of directors adopted the following mission statement to describe the operations of the Center:
The mission of the Edna Martin Christian Center is to bridge cultural, racial, and economic differences in order to support and nurture the people in the community by providing holistic programs that empower, encourage, and engender a vision of hope.
Tysha Hardy-Sellers is the Executive Director of the Center. Mrs. Sellers background includes management positions in media and advertising, government and corporate. She has also taught at Franklin College and IVY Tech. Her undergraduate degrees are in Public Relations and Russian Studies. Her Master Degree is in Medical Sociology. She is the mother of two daughters and has a stepson.
Rev. Lawrence Lindley
Rev. Dick Padrick
Rev. Frank Alexander
Commitment: Edna Martin Christian Center is committed to foster an inclusive environment where individual differences among us are respected, appreciated and recognized as qualities that enrich the environment in which we work and serve. In order to realize fully our mission, we are committed to actively fostering diversity, inclusion and cultural competency throughout our operational efforts.
Diversity is defined as a concept which is based on acceptance and respect. It is acceptance that each individual is unique and the individual’s differences are recognized. These differences include race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, political and religious beliefs, age, the influence of one’s culture, the effects of physical and mental limitations and ethnic factors which influence how one interacts. Acceptance and respects comes from investigating, discussing and understanding these differences and then demonstrating one’s embracement of the concept through actions.