About Pastor Mark
Hi I am Pastor Mark...
I have been a pastor for nearly 20 years now (2009), though never quite like I am today. (more on that in a moment)
As to my home, I have been married since 1995 to my wonderful wife Terissa Woodson who is my best friend, greatest fan and most valued critic.
As far as my education goes, I grew up in a Christian home, but questioned everything I was ever taught. I graduated from Bible college in 1990 and continued to question everything I was ever taught (I do not mention my college in order to avoid being labeled). Perhaps my greatest preparation for ministry has been life and ministry itself. To quote an author I have come to enjoy namely Fredrick Buechner in his writing entitled, Now and Then,
"If God speaks to us at all other than through such official channels as the Bible and the church, then I think that He speaks to us largely through what happens to us...if we keep our hearts open as well as our ears, if we listen with patience and hope, if we remember at all deeply and honestly, then I think we come to recognize beyond all doubt, that, however faintly we may hear Him, He is indeed speaking to us, and that, however little we may understand of it, His word to each of us is both recoverable and precious beyond telling."
~ Fredrick Buechner
As I said, as of 2009 I’ve been a Pastor for nearly 20 years. Earlier in 2009 the Lord revealed to me that the way we had structured our church was not in keeping with the New Testament. This was a shock to me and it is was a revelation that did not come all at once but over the course of a few weeks.
We were a traditional single pastor led congregation. It was a top-bottom model of ministry which is in part biblical, but not in the form of a monarchy.
The needed change did not come into focus until about 9 very intense months of study and discussions with those who were leaders in our church at the time.
Now, we have not one...but two co-pastors (elders) who lead the church with equal authority, but different giftings. We both teach in our own ways and styles, and our leadership skills are quite different, but complimentary. We are in complete submission to each other and work side-by-side in the labor of shepherding the flock.
Well that is about all there is of interest to tell you about me. I hope our ministry here is a blessing to you and your family. I also hope that it is only a supplement to a local church where you are committed to other believers in a community of grace.