Martin retired in 2006 as CEO of the US operation of Coates Inks, a global printing ink manufacturer, to become President and Executive Director of the Institute for Servant Leadership, a non-profit founded by Bennett Sims, retired Episcopal Bishop of Atlanta. After merging the Institute with the Servant Leadership School in Greensboro, NC in late 2010, he founded MRD Group, a leadership consultancy which works with church groups on leadership development; stewardship as ministry; and on re-imagining church. In addition, he is a facilitator for The Gathering of Leaders, a periodic conference for clergy committed to “the renewal of the dioceses and congregations of the Episcopal Church through transformational leaders dedicated to the missionary call of Christ and growing the Church in spiritual depth and in numbers as it effectively serves all sorts and conditions of people through the transforming power of Jesus Christ.”
As CEO of Coates, he was dedicated to the introduction, implementation and practice of servant leadership in the workplace and has studied how that practice manifests itself in terms of the cultural transformation within the organization, at the customer interface and how the practice positively impacts traditional business metrics.
After joining the Institute, he focused on transforming the vision into a program-oriented organization and supported the development of a number of initiatives to serve the church.
He was born, raised and educated in England. After graduating from the University of Aston (Birmingham), he joined the Coates group in the UK and moved to the US in 1980. Martin lives in Greer, SC
The Rev. Dr. Valori Mulvey Sherer
Valori is an Episcopal priest from the Diocese of Western North Carolina. She spent ten years in parish ministry and is currently serving as Interim Rector at Calvary Episcopal Church in Columbia, MO, in addition to her work as a church marketing and communications consultant, spiritual director, and conference/retreat planner. Certified in interim ministry through the Clergy Leadership Institute and as a trainer for the Community Resiliency Model of the Trauma Resource Institute, Valori is also a trained clergy coach.
Valori serves the Diocese of WNC on the Continuing Education Committee. She is also a founding co-director, now board member, for Play It Forward Scholarship Program, a non-profit music education agency in Atlanta, GA.
Prior to her tenure as a parish priest, Valori enjoyed a successful career in the nonprofit world as Executive Director of several victim advocacy agencies, specializing in nonprofit start-up, troubleshooting, board development, and training. Prior to that, she worked in marketing and public relations in the medical/mental health industry while maintaining a freelance general marketing business.
Valori attended The School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN where she received her Masters of Divinity in 2005 and her Doctor of Ministry in 2010. Valori married Steve Sherer in 1988. They have three grown children and currently reside in Shelby, NC.