Pastor Mark grew up the son of a pastor/missionary on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona. The Holy Spirit revealed to him at an early age that redemption can only be found in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He responded to the Gospel and was baptized by his father in the snowmelt waters of the Lukachuki Mountains in Tsaile, Arizona.
Cold water challenge accepted!
After moving to Arkansas in 1986, he felt God's call to ministry while at a youth camp in Siloam Springs. He graduated from high school, joined the Army, and served until 2001 when he was honorably discharged. He then worked in the airline industry for 11 years. In 2005, Mark met his wife, April. They both first came to Montana in 2008 to serve on a one-week mission trip to the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.
In 2012, Mark returned to Montana for his fourth short-term mission trip after graduating from the University of Houston with his Bachelor of Arts degree in management information systems. While expecting to begin a career in Information Technology, God called him to full-time missionary work in Montana.
Mark and his family moved to Montana in 2013. In July of 2017, Calvary Baptist Church called Mark to serve as our pastor. He and his wife have 8 children. Pastor Mark is currently pursuing his master's degree online through the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to pastoring here, Mark continues to have a heart for Native American ministry and leads a ministry effort to reach the peoples living on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
(left to right) - April, Devon, Mark, Amber, Timothy, James, Thomas, John, and Autumn