About Craig and Linda
Linda and Craig were married in April 2002, and created Mars Hill in early 2003. They both studied at Auckland University, graduating in 2002 with Bachelors of Arts. Furthering their love of study, they achieved A passes in the University of the Nation’s TESOL school in 2003 and completed an Introductory Certificate in Pastoral Care in 2004. In 2005 Craig pursued his interest in Biblical Studies while Linda completed a Certificate in Professional Editing and Proofreading. Since then they have been travelling the world.
Craig’s personal interests include media, philosophy, spirituality and Taekwon-do, in which he holds a first degree black belt. Linda enjoys reading and human sciences. Together they like to tramp (hike) and, like many New Zealanders, travel − so far they have visited five continents and have plans for a couple more.
About Mars Hill
Mars Hill is run by Craig and Linda Martin. It has, and has had, a variety of branches, the present focus being on writing and editing. In recent years it incorporated a tutoring company focussing on teaching English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), and a Christian ministry focussing on teaching, mentoring and counselling.
The name Mars Hill has a two-fold meaning. The first is a play on words: Martin means ‘of Mars’ (the ancient Greek god of war, not the planet!), so we’ve incorporated our personal name into our business one.
The second reason why we chose the name Mars Hill is because of the Bible reference in Acts 17:22:
Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars Hill and said, ‘I see that in every way you are religious…’
When Paul spoke on Mars Hill, he discussed arts, religion and philosophy − combining the secular and the sacred. We also believe that all truth is God’s truth, and attempt to create imaginative spaces that merge differing worldviews.