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Lead Pastor

Mark was born in Batavia, NY (wherever that is?).  He has been married to Kristie since 1992 and they have two boys they are very proud of…Bryson (1996), and Caedmon (1999).  The newest addition to the family is their pup Rainie (think Mount Rainier without the “r”). They are a tight-knit family and have traveled the country following the Lord’s leading in ministry.  Mark loves the outdoors and would just as soon be on a trail as anywhere else! He received his Bachelors in Bible from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Tx. and his MDIV from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He has been at Verde since June of 2018, after serving in several churches in different capacities (Young Adult Pastor, Preaching Associate, Student Ministry, and Campus Pastor).


What is your favorite book?
I love books about the outdoors.  Into Thin Air and Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer, and Wild by Cheryl Strayed immediately come to mind.

What or who is your most influential book or author?
Several people come to mind.  Andy Stanley, Jonathan Leeman and Mark Dever, Carey Nieuwhof.  I’ve always loved Erwin McManus and Calvin Miller as well.

What is your favorite food?
#1 with a sweet tea please…” my pleasure”.

What is something most people wouldn’t know about you?
I was shot once.  9mm pistol. I survived.

What is the most exciting thing for you to see God do in the lives of people?
When someone really “gets it” and Christ transforms their present, redeems their past, and changes their eternity!