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Updated: Aug 24, 2018

Darlene Martin discusses financial capability, teaching kids to shop, and more.


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Darlene Martin has spent most of her working years in the banking and wealth management industry where she started as a teller and worked her way up to an Assistant Vice President in Premier Banking at Bank of America. Her professional background includes President and Founder of Money Smarts School of Finance for Children, Director of Training and Development at e3 Wealth, Academic Training Leader at Edward Jones, Financial Advisor with AXA Advisors, and Financial Advisor with MetLife. For more than twenty years, Darlene has held licenses to sell property, casualty, health and life insurance in addition to holding a Series 6 and Series 63 securities licenses. In 2015, she successfully completed requirements of the Nelson Nash Infinite Banking Institute to obtain certification as an Authorized Practitioner.

Darlene Martin graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Business and Administration from Saint Louis University. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in theological studies from Urshan Graduate School of Theology and intends to continue her education toward obtaining a doctorate degree.

Darlene Martin believes in giving back to the community. She is currently a member of the LadueCARES (Change Agents for Racial Equality) Leadership team, serves on the Ladue School District C. U. R. E. Committee, was appointed to the Ladue School District Parent Advisory Committee by former District Superintendent Dr. Benson, and she is a member of the Special School District Parent Advisory Council. Likewise, she is a member of LadueCAREs Leadership Team, Missouri Jump$tart Coalition, St. Louis Financial Education Collaborative, and the United Way’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

Darlene is a former member of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis Board of Directors where she started the Down Syndrome Association Young Parents Association, D.A.D.’s Club, and the Grandparents Association.

Darlene is very active at her church, Bethesda Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith, where she has been a member since 1984. She currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent to the Sunday School Department and as the Director of Christian Education in the same department. She is a member of the Bethesda Temple Church Ministerial Alliance Executive Board, and a member of the Deacons Wives Auxiliary.

Darlene resides in St. Louis County with her husband, Emeric, and their three children: Elijah, Emmanuel, and Erica.

Above all, Evangelist Darlene Martin is thoroughly convinced all things are possible through faith in Jesus Christ and what He accomplished at Calvary.



  • When did you start thinking of making financial education available for kids? [1:51]

  • At what age should you start teaching children about money? [6:13]

  • How do you raise your children to be financially savvy and to be good people? [9:37]

  • Why should we start teaching children about money at such an early age? [11:02]

  • Can I teach my children about money even though I feel inadequate to do so? [13:20]

  • Are children born with financial savvy or can they learn that skill later? [17:15]

  • What specific memories do you have from your childhood of learning how to deal with money? [18:33]

  • How does one generation give the following generation a leg up? [21:22]

  • Tell us about Money Smarts School of Finance for Children. [24:35]

  • Why are people so scared to talk about money? [28:16]

  • Where would you like to see the financial capability movement go? [31:42]

  • How do I get more engaged in the cause of teaching financial capability? [34:05]


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