Christine Brooks Martin File Photo
On July 7, 2018, the Sentinel lost one of its own, former production manager, Christine Brooks Martin has passed away. The news of her passing was shared on social media in a post stating, “It was a great run for a great woman of God, Christine Brooks Martin. Sunset 7/7/2018 6:20pm PST.”
Outside of her decades of service in the production department of the Sentinel, Martin was a Christian and believed in sharing the Word of God with everyone. Her three spiritual books topped the bestseller’s lists which included, “Pray What God Says,” “Talk to God with Affirmations of Faith,” and “Christine’s Short-Shorts.”
All three titles reached number one for eBooks at Smashwords.com in 4 categories: Non-fiction, Religion, Inspirational and All Works (the complete library of eBooks at Smashwords). Also, each has ranked highly in the top 25 bestsellers list of Smashwords.
In 2012, the NAACP Los Angeles Youth Council honored thirteen African American women with the Meritorious Women Award, which brings awareness to the impact Black women have made as leaders and mentors in the community. Martin was among those women honored.
She took her calling seriously with the prayer books, devotionals and inspirational titles that evangelized the message of Jesus Christ. Martin had a desire to help others develop and deepen their relationship with God. Her motto was, “Lord may I share the knowledge of your grace with people I will never see, in places where my feet will never tread.”
She had been involved with intercessory prayer since 1992 and was media communications and production artist for Anointed Connection (A.O.C.O.) International Ministries in Los Angeles, California under the leadership of pastor, Dr. Robbie Horton. She served on the intercessory prayer team of Women on the Frontline, as one of the facilitators of intercession for the daily national prayerline.
At the Sentinel, Martin was the heartbeat of production and spent many a night putting the paper together with the production team.
She told stories about how, before digital programs and computers, she laid out the paper by hand. She also served as inspiration for many of the journalists, writers and staff she worked with throughout the office. Martin always had a kind word, a beautiful smile and welcoming spirit—and was very funny. She loved to laugh and giggle.
Christine Brooks Martin, the Sentinel will miss you dearly, there are no words except for Godspeed. Rest sister, we will see you again one day.
Funeral arrangements and burial information are pending at this time.