Mark and his wife, Tiffany, have been married 17 years. They have two children: Ethan, who enters 9th grade this fall, and Mia, who is in preschool. Mark and his family moved to the Cartersville area in the summer of 2016 to serve as pastor for Church at The Well. Prior to living in Cartersville, Mark served as the lead pastor at Cokes Chapel UMC near Newnan, The Lighthouse UMC in Peachtree City, Coal Mountain and The Springs UMC in Cumming, and as the associate pastor at Saint Andrew UMC in Marietta. Mark received a doctorate in Clinical Pastoral Counseling and is licensed through the National Christian Counselors Association. He received his Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Georgia State University.
Favorite Experience: "I made my first trip to Disney World as an adult when Ethan was about 4 years old. That experience began a love our entire family has with 'The Most Magical Place on Earth.' We love taking our R&R at Disney, soaking up the environment, and reconnecting as a family. We can't wait to get down there with Mia for the first time, because we know that will be a blast! A close second would be the time Tiffany and I spent in China when we adopted Mia. If Ethan was able to be there, it would probably be tops."
When not at Church or with the Family: I like to escape in the world of sci-fi and superheroes. The first movies I ever saw in the theater were the first Christopher Reeve "Superman" and "Star Wars." As a young kid, those movies captured my imagination and inspired me in ways that are still quite meaningful. I also love to exercise and take long walks while listening to music. I find I'm really able to connect with God and God's creativity within me when I'm out in nature, earbuds in, and music blaring.
Favorite Quote: "I want to know God's thoughts; the rest are just details." — Albert Einstein
Honorable mention: "Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." — Walt Disney
Persons I Would Like to Meet: The Apostle Paul and Walt Disney
Music I Like to Listen to: I enjoy worship music from Hillsong United, David Crowder, Chris Tomlin, Third Day, and Steven Curtis Chapman. I also like classic rock, particularly The Beatles. In reality, though, if I'm not listening to worship tunes, I'm probably listening to movie soundtracks by composers like Hans Zimmer and John Williams.
My Life Verse is: "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,' declares the Lord..." (Jeremiah 29:11-14a)
Honorable mention: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here." (2 Corinthians 5:17)