In 2004, Pastor Obed & Lissette gathered with 7 families in a living room in Rancho Mirage, CA and dreamt of a local church that would transform the lives of many and shake the Coachella Valley for Christ. On March 7, 2004, the dream came to fruition as Destiny opened its doors at the Adams Elementary School atrium and welcomed many families for the very first time.
Since that first service, God has moved in amazing ways and has used Destiny to change thousands of lives in the Coachella Valley and now in the south bay. Through God's favor and an unremitting pursuit of a passionate mission, Destiny has experienced over 5,000 professions of faith and over 1,700 baptisms since our launch. From humble and sacrificial beginnings, God has placed his hand on Destiny and we truly believe the best is yet to come.
At the young age of 16, Obed Martinez had a radical encounter with Christ on a lonely hilltop, during a summer youth camp. This marked the beginning of his life transformation as he was delivered from drugs, and neighborhood influences, and was powerfully filled with the Holy Spirit.
He returned home with a passion to serve in the local church wherever he was needed. Not long after serving in the youth ministry, he was given the opportunity to join a traveling ministry and become an evangelist; speaking at many churches and conferences throughout the country. During his travels as an evangelist, Obed obtained a burning desire for preaching and reaching a diverse audience. As he continued to faithfully serve God, his Pastor and his local church, he realized he was being prepared to lead and pastor a church of his own. This began the dream of starting Destiny and after much prayer and the blessing from his home church, Obed, along with his wife, moved to the Coachella Valley to start a new and innovative church...Destiny.
Today, Pastor Obed continues to reach a diverse community of people through creative and often humorous messages. He leads a church that lives out the mission to move people from where they are to where God wants them to be, through small groups, church services, and various community outreach activities. It is his passion to train up leaders who lead the next generation into salvation; it is his desire to see the local church spiritually renewed; and it is his objective to teach God’s people to live passionately and with purpose.
Growing up in church, Lissette Martinez began her journey in ministry at a very young age. She volunteered in any area of the church that needed a helping hand and soon found her passion in leading worship in both the youth and adult ministries. It was her teenage years in the youth ministries that Lissette met her ‘forever,’ Obed Martinez. The two became inseparable as they began to develop as leaders in the church and after their marriage became evangelists; traveling throughout the country to share the love of Christ.
Not long after their marriage, Lissette and her husband followed the leading of the Holy Spirit and moved to the Coachella Valley where they would pioneer a new thriving church called Destiny. Together with her husband, Lissette co-leads and pastors Destiny, where she is able to you her gifts of compassion and leadership to reach the lost and help people unlock their God-given potential. Additionally, Lissette is the founder of Fashion—a ministry at Destiny for women. Through her dynamic messages, Lissette is easily able to connect with a diverse group of women through life lessons and stories that every woman at any age can identify with. And with a heart of compassion, she also strives to make her self regularly available during and after services to connect with women and young ladies of Fashion in an individual basis.