Our vision

Neighborhoods where individuals and families have everything they need to learn, live, work, and play in a peaceful, connected and thriving environment.

Our Mission

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.


The Edna Martin Christian Center was established as the East Side Christian Center in 1941. A community activist, Ms. Edna Martin, began working with children after school in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood.

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.


Diversity Statement

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 respect come from investigating, discussing and understanding these differences and then demonstrating one’s embracement of the concept through actions.