Mark and his wife, Heidi met at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida in 1982. In 1986, they entered full-time ministry and never looked back. With over thirty five years of Pastoring, Mark feels like it has all been in preparation for a role in Chaplain/Pastoral Care at Samaritan’s Purse. He and Heidi, who’s an RN at Watauga Medical Center, have three children, Jennie, Zachary and Lilianne, and five incredible grandchildren.
Before going to Samaritan’s Purse, Mark spent 17 years as a worship pastor and then planted and spent the last 20 years as lead pastor of Seaside Vineyard in Beaufort, SC. His roles before then and with Vineyard Missions carried him to over 60 countries: planting churches, leading short term dental clinics, building medical clinics and schools, as well as establishing long term justice and compassion projects in Central America, Europe and Africa.
He and Heidi are building their dream house these days. He likes old books and good writing instruments and is happy spending his days in Boone, working with Jesus, caring for field staff all over, and he spends most nights dreaming about golf and fly fishing.
Speakers, hosts, and storytellers include a variety of Vineyard leaders and friends of the Vineyard.