Martin Barlau has devoted his life to Christian education. He served for thirty-one years as a teacher and principal of Christian elementary schools. More recently, he and his wife, Jean Marie, have consulted with congregations throughout the nation to help them inaugurate full-time programs of Christian early childhood education.
In 2010, Barlau was granted an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by his alma mater, Concordia University, in Seward, Nebraska. He has authored pieces for the Lutheran Education Association and for Issues in Christian Education, a publication of Concordia University.
The family includes four children and five grandchildren, all but one of whom currently live in Colorado.