Pastor Mark is the Senior Pastor at Baptist Temple. He attended Baptist Temple as a college student member from Fall 1978 until May 1982; came as an associate pastor in June 2001; and became Senior Pastor in May 2003. His vision for BT is:
- To see folks come to faith in Christ and follow Him as Lord of their lives.
- To enjoy a sweet spirit of fellowship and unity.
- To expand our influence on the hearts and lives of people for Christ.
Pastor Mark’s Salvation Testimony:
“I was converted to Christ on January 29, 1972. It was during a Sunday evening service at the Bangor Baptist Church in Bangor, Maine. Because my folks did not regularly attend church at the time, for the next year and a half I sporadically rode a church bus to Sunday School. After floundering in my Christian life during that time, a mature believer in his mid-twenties named Craig Boyington then took me under his wing and began to disciple me in Christ. As Craig prayed for me, taught me, and took me soul-winning, I began to really grow in the Lord. Finally, on December 8, 1974, as a 14-year-old, I surrendered my life to the Lord for whatever He wanted with my life.
After surrendering my life to the Lord, I began to prayerfully seek the Lord’s direction concerning a career choice. Though my heart’s desire was to go into ministry, I wanted to make sure that it was God’s will, not just my own. Because Proverbs 11:14 says, “In the multitude of counselors there is safety,” I sought the counsel of those I considered to be wise in the faith such as my pastor, my youth pastor, and other spiritually-minded adult believers. All of these folks encouraged my toward the ministry. At the age of 16, I then publicly shared with my church that I believed God was caling me into career ministry.
As I now reflect back, I am reminded that God has called the Old Testament prophets in different ways. Jeremiah’s call, for example, was all cut and dry — God simply informed him saying, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” (1:5). It seems that Jeremiah didn’t have very much choice in the matter. For me, however, it was simply an act of volunteerism much like that of Isaiah when he said, “Here am I; send me” (6:8). The Apostle Paul stated in I Timothy 3:1 that “If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.” I now believe that it was the Lord Who placed that desire in my heart as a teenager and I am glad to serve Him today as a minister of the Gospel.”
Some interesting facts about Pastor Mark:
My favorite animal is the moose. I suppose that it’s their size and movement that captures my attention. There’s nothing more majestic than a bull moose in the wild.
In my spare time I enjoy working in the yard and reading.
Having grown up in Maine where the winters are long and cold and after spending 14 years in Texas where the summers are long and hot, I love all 4 seasons in Missouri. Although each season has its own appeal, I suppose the Fall is my favorite — it just seems to be a restful, more relaxing time of year.
Point of Interest: My wife, Nadine, and I met here at Baptist Temple in the College Class and were also married here in 1982.