Bethel University’s Spring Commencement will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 10 a.m. in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena in McKenzie.

Dr. Brock Martin will be the commencement speaker. Dr. Martin was born in McKenzie, TN and attended Bethel College from 2003-2006 and was a member of the Men’s Basketball team. He completed his graduate of Logan University in Chesterfield, MO in 2008, attained his doctorate degree at Logan College of Chiropractic and in 2018 he completed the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician program allowing him to join a group of less than 5% of his chiropractic peers with this certification.

Dr. Martin’s awards and honors include “2016 Rising Chiropractor of the Year” for the Tennessee Chiropractic Association, Jackson Sun’s “40 under 40,” 2016 WestStar Leadership Program graduate, and a 2019 Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy graduate. In 2016, Dr. Martin was appointed to the Bethel University Board of Trustees.

Dr. Martin stays heavily involved within the local community serving the Huntingdon Industrial Board as Treasurer, the Carroll County United Way Board, and current President of the Huntingdon Lions Club, a Tennessee Promise Mentor, serves on the Alumni Council for WestStar, and a volunteer referee for Upward Basketball.

Dr. Martin serves his local and state health care community as a member of the Carroll County Health Council, the Tennessee Chiropractic Association as Chairman of the Opioid Task force and member of the Government Relations Committee. He has Staff Privileges at Henry County Medical Center and is an Adjunct Professor for Logan University. Dr. Martin will become President of the Tennessee Chiropractic Association in January which serves as the governing voice for the 2,100 physicians across the state.

Bethel has played an integral part in Dr. Martin’s life. His mother and father, Barry and Connie Martin, are both Bethel College graduates from the class of 1976. His two younger sisters are both Bethel Alums, with Anna Martin Kilburn graduating in 2009 with a BS in Nursing and Paige Martin graduating in 2013 with a BS in Human Services. Dr. Brock has served as the Chiropractic Physician to the Athletic Department for the past several seasons and has donated back countless services and time to his University in this manner. His office has routinely allowed preceptors from Bethel University’s Athletic Training program. He and his wife have welcomed numerous PA students and Pre-Professional Health Studies students to shadow and intern through their office over the years.

Dr. Brock Martin and his wife, Dr. Krista Martin have own Southern Chiropractic and Acupuncture in Huntingdon, TN. He and Krista reside in Huntingdon with their 3 year-old son, Steele Kurtz Martin.

President Walter Butler stated, “We are honored to have Dr. Brock Martin as our summer commencement speaker here at Bethel. He and his family are long-time friends and supporters of our Bethel community. His service to West Tenn., the state and his medical colleagues is such a testament to Brock’s servant-leadership.”

Seating for graduation services will begin one hour prior to service time. Graduates with questions should contact their specific school’s registrar. For all other general questions, contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at carlockm@bethelu.edu.

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