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Elder Tarishia (Tar’sha) Martin is a woman after God’s own heart, seeking to lead God’s people by equipping them for the Ministry of Intercession. Elder Martin’s Intercessory Prayer journey was formed in 1997 in the basement of her home. Every morning at 5 a.m., she made a commitment to the Lord for a time of intercession. She interceded for family members, friends, and others she never met in life. The basement soon became her own personal prayer and war room, a place where she learned the power of prayer and intercession. After more than twenty-five (25) years of praying, fasting, teaching, interceding, conducting and facilitating annual Intercessory Prayer Retreats and Intercessory Prayer Boot Camps, obedience to the Lord’s instructions, in 2018 gave birth to Rising Intercessors, LLC.

Rising Intercessors, LLC is an organization that equips, trains and develops individuals through intensive and interactive prayer boot camps for intercessors and those who desire a deeper understanding of prayer. She is an anointed prayer warrior, prophetic intercessor, teacher and preacher. She honorably and humbly carries the mantle

of prayer and believes in the power of prayer. Her commitment to prayer has equipped her for insightful revelations to minster and pray as the Holy Spirit directs.

Elder Martin not only carries the mantel of prayer, she answered the profound call of God on her life into the ministry of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in December 1998. In October, 2001, Bishop Benjamin K. Watts, of Shiloh New London, granted her a license to preach the gospel. Elder Martin has since been distinguished as a

“Woman of fire” and was subsequently ordained into the Gospel Ministry on July 30, 2011. At Shiloh New London, she serves as the Lead Associate Elder and the facilitator for the Intercessory Prayer Ministry.

In the community, Elder Martin is a member of the Southeastern Connecticut Ministerial Alliance, New London, CT. She is the Diversity Council Chairwoman for the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation. She also served as the Religious Chairperson for the Religious Affairs Committee, Norwich NAACP from 2013-2016.

Elder Martin has a Master of Divinity Degree (M.Div.) in Christian Leadership and Church Ministries, Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Associates degree in General Engineering. She completed the Congregational Bethel Bible Series, a two-year study of the Old and New Testaments, at Shiloh New London and

completed the Black Ministries Certificate Program at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace, Hartford, CT.

Elder Martin has been employed by the Department of Transportation for the past 30 years; twenty-four of those years in the Bureau of Engineering and Highway Operations as a Transportation Engineer II. She is honored to receive the 2020 "100 Women of Color Award."

Elder Martin is a native of Bronx, New York, she is married to her high school sweetheart, Elder Robert Martin, and the couple have two adult children and one grandson.

Elder Martin affirms the Word of God in James 5:16a (NLT)” The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.”

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