Music And Worship
Marti is originally from Norman, Oklahoma. She has been at HPPC since 2006, when she joined the Highland Park Chorale. In 2012, she began singing with the audition-only Chancel Choir as a section leader. Marti joined the staff in early 2014 in the Offices of the Senior Pastor.Marti has a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Music Education from Southern Nazarene University (Magna Cum Laude) and a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance (graduated with Honors/Summa Cum Laude) from Oklahoma City University. She moved to Plano in 2006 to serve in the Music and Worship Ministry at Prestonwood Baptist Church. During that time she sought out a quality, challenging performance outlet and discovered the Highland Park Chorale. She says this extraordinary group of men and women fill a spiritual and social need and she knows that God placed her there.Marti joined the HPPC staff family after having led a group of singers under Dr. Greg Hobbs, the director of music at the church. He saw her skills in action and suggested she take the opportunity to work part-time in the senior pastor’s office.Marti is married to Greg Oden, whom she met while working at Prestonwood Baptist. They have a young girl named Marietta. While Marti is focused on the joys of motherhood, some of her favorite past times include reading mysteries and historical fiction, crafting, gardening and traveling. She also hopes to pass along her family's love of hiking to their daughter one day soon. Marti’s favorite passage is Ephesians 3:14-21. For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.She finds such encouragement, and even intrigue, in these verses. How fulfilling to spend time contemplating the height, width, and depth of the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge. So much truth in these content-rich verses.