A leader, pastor, sought-after teacher and spiritual life coach, Mark currently serves as teaching pastor at North Heights Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Mark is committed to helping people turn information into transformation. By leveraging the crafts of storytelling, Biblical scholarship, and scientific research he creatively engages topics such as spiritual disciplines, relationships, and conflict resolution. His most popular seminars, “Living For Ever,” “Listen Up to a Down to Earth God,” “Unleadership,” “Praying for a Change,” and “The Reignmaker Project” incorporate innovative learning methods that make complex ideas simple, practical and memorable. As the founder and director of eEmbassy, he continues to develop new models for creative communication.
Before joining Jennifer on Six Prayer God Always Answers, Mark had written more than seventy-five articles that have appeared in various publications, including Alive!, In Touch, a publication of YWAM Associates, and Lutheran Renewal. He is a frequent conference speaker as well as a seminary professor at Master’s Institute in St. Paul where he has developed courses including “Ceasefire: Healing Interpersonal Conflicts,” “Letting the Bible Read You,” “Matthew’s Gospel: War of the Worlds,”“Leadership Communication,” and “Leadership Prayer.”
“The Effects of Long-Distance Intercessory Prayer and Anti-Tobacco Communication on Teenager Intention to Smoke Cigarettes” was the title of Mark’s Ph.D. dissertation. His ground-breaking research was the first known example of double-blind methods used to study prayer in medical science being applied in a social science discipline.
A native of Santa Cruz, California, Mark graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a B.A. in English and Biblical studies. He has also completed studies with the Academy of Performing Arts in Cambridge, Ontario. Mark has done work at Luther Seminary, and Regent College and he holds a Ph.D. in leadership from Regent University.
Mark and his wife Jill have four children, Emily, Elisabeth, Matthew, and Michael.
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