A STRONG Tradition... Fighting HIV/AIDS

New York City Faith in Action Coalition was founded by Oliver W. Martin, III and Divinah (Dee) Bailey in 2008, the Coalition is a city-wide partnership comprised of individuals, Faith Organizations, Health and Secular Organizations working collectively toward the goal to reduce and eliminate HIV and AIDS in New York City.

Continuing the Vision:  2016 & Beyond

Oliver Wendell Martin, III of New York City, New York, formerly of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, born to earth life November 25, 1958, and to eternal life April 19, 2014, at the age of 55. He was preceded in death by his Mother Uther Jean Jones and Step Father Ernest R. Jones and brother, Kenny. Family and friends left to cherish his memory: Joe Marshall, New Kensington, PA; Ernie (Irene), Wilkinsburg, PA; Charles (Madeline), Pittsburgh, PA; Howard (Joanne), North Braddock, PA; Calvin (Kathy) Plum Borough, PA; Anthony (Debra) Mason, OH; Aunt Marjorie Green, Baltimore, MD; sister-in-law, Towanda Marshall, Texas; beloved partner Craig J. Kania of 14 years (Wisconsin); God-mom Rev. Pj Banks-Anderson, DMin (Michigan); and cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Oliver earned his Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences from Robert Morris University. He was the Founder & CEO of Conscious Contact of New York; Administrative Chair of NYC Faith in Action for HIV and AIDS Coalition; National Administrative Leader, National Faith in Action for HIV and AIDS; Board President, National United Church of Christ HIV and AIDS Network; Lead Organizer for many years of multiple community events such as: World AIDS Day, the Annual Week of Stepping Up In Faith for HIV and AIDS, Christmas in July at Riverside Church; Advocacy events for all faith communities at International Conferences and more; Organizer of Spiritual Outreach Service, S.O.S.; and Quarterly HIV Support Forums in collaboration with AIDS Service Center New York City (ASCNYC) and Riverside Church. Oliver was instrumental in the dissemination and promotion of the curriculum Affirming Persons – Saving Lives; National Restoration to Military Families Team board member; and in January, Oliver agreed to become a charter member of Space for Grace Fellowship Center, a new church start in the greater Lansing, MI area.

Oliver had numerous awards and honors including: Life Changers Award – 2014 Love Alive International Foundation, Inc.; Positive Change makers Award – 2012, Citation from NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for HIV/AIDS Ministry Leadership – the Riverside Church, NYC – 2007, The New York AIDS Coalition – Vanguard Award – 2003.

Oliver brought people together from numerous parts of many communities. His ability to create, coordinate, and collaborate with hundreds of people is nothing short of amazing. He had an exceptional ability to plan events down to the minutest details, way in advance, and make them come off like well synchronized works of art. Oliver was thought of as a virtuoso convener of people, a disseminator of life-affirming, life-saving, and life-improving information and resources.

Oliver was in the woods with a rough road ahead and he stayed in the Light of Love all the way to and beyond 8:03 pm, Saturday, April 19, 2014.

A memorial service was held on August 16, 2014 at noon at Riverside Church in New York City, New York.

New York City Faith in Action Coalition Founders the late Oliver W. Martin, III & Divinah (Dee) Bailey
Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington D.C.
2012 International Conference on HIV/AIDS