Bethsaida Apostolic Ministries was born in the heart of God. It was founded by Pastors Moises and Karen Martinez, a couple with a passion to save souls with the truth and power of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Their vision is to save the lost, heal the wounded, teach the willing, equip the called and send the chosen. Following the call of Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations according to Mathew 28:19.
Pastor Moises Martinez was born in Caguas, P.R. on September 12, 1980 and was raised in New Bedford, MA, where he lived until the age of seventeen with his father and mother ,Santiago and Ester Martinez. At the age of twelve he developed a passion for music and started serving at his home church, Primera Iglesia de Dios, Inc. with Pastor Cruz Martinez. At a very young age he began having supernatural encounters and experiences with God, which developed a hunger to know God at a deeper level. Pastor Moises started to heed God’s calling on his life, which was also confirmed by several men and women of God whom he had never met before. At the age of seventeen he had moved to the state of Florida with his parents due to his father’s illness of Parkinson disease . There he served at his church, Iglesia de Dios, Inc. with Pastor Luis Diaz (who was also his childhood pastor) where he ministered in music. His passion for God and his word urged Pastor Moises to seek God’s presence allowing him to grow further in his faith. On 2005 he met his wife, Pastor Karen Seshia, who was born in Aguadilla P.R. to and Carlos A. Valentin and Ana A. Crespo. Karen; also carrying a pastoral and Evangelist calling from God in her life developed a strong passion to save the lost and heal the sick. She was raised in revival times, in the city of Rincon, P.R. where she witnessed the supernatural healing power of God in her father’s services and miracle crusades, all around P.R. She received the baptism of the Holy Spirit at the age of eight. Her first sermon was also at the age of eight. She served in the children’s ministry as president while preaching and singing, as well as serving in everything that was needed to be done. The fire of God grew stronger and stronger on her life. As she grew older Karen served in her father’s ministry as a singer, evangelist and youth pastor.
Moises and Karen met in the city of Lehigh Acres, FL. Where they got married and had two beautiful children, Seshia and Elisha Martinez. They both served as associate pastors, youth leaders and were part of the worship team at Centro Evangelistico de Avivamiento y Milagros (CEDAM) church, with Pastors Carlos and Awilda Valentin. Moises and Karen served in many other areas in the ministry. Pastor Karen also served in the ministry Radio Station (Aviva Radio 107.7FM) as the director and leading programmer.
For many years God’s calling was evident in their lives; and in May 2017 they decided to establish their ministry in the great city of Raleigh, NC. where they are building a new congregation.