Pastor Mark is a native of Ohio, who first came to Indiana in 1985. He traces his personal commitment to following Jesus back to his parents’ example and upbringing, and his decision at age 5 to ask Jesus to be “King of my heart.” At age 17, he began to sense a call to ministry, and after studies at Bethel University (BA in Biblical Studies) and Bethel Theological Seminary (MDiv in Old Testament/ Pastoral Leadership), in December of 1985 he was ordained as an American Baptist minister.
He previously served in a bivocational ministry pastoring the Arlington Heights Baptist Church, and serving as chaplain at the Community Rehabilitation Hospital and other hospitals in the Community Healthcare Network.
He and his wife Rita consider themselves a team. They have four adult children and nine grandchildren, all of whom live in the Indianapolis area. It was family connections that led them back to Indiana after several years during which Pastor Mark served as the Pastor of the Open Door Baptist Church in Tomah, Wisconsin. Before that, he was involved in pastoral ministry in churches in Mitchell, Monticello, Mooresville, and Indianapolis, all in Indiana.
Pastor Mark’s ministry focuses on developing disciples. As he puts it, being a disciple means “KNOWING Jesus, GROWING in Jesus, CARING like Jesus, and SHARING Jesus with others.”