Pastor Mark loves helping people make significant connections with Jesus and with one another!
Born and baptized only a few miles north of here in San Marcos, TX, he is thankful to enjoy a life of ministry now in the Lone Star State. He spent most of his childhood in Katy, TX, where his family were members at Memorial Lutheran Church. In this place the Holy Spirit developed within Mark a great love for Jesus and His Church. After high school, he attended Concordia University Texas at Austin where he participated in the Pre-Seminary program and earned a B.A. in Behavioral Science. There he also met the woman who would soon become his wife, Brittany.
Following college graduation, they got married and moved to St. Louis, MO, to begin the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) curriculum at Concordia Seminary. During the third year of that program, Mark was sent as a Vicar to Grace Lutheran Church and School in Winter Haven, FL. During that year-long internship, their son Ezra was born. After vicarage, they moved back to St. Louis to complete the necessary final year of pastoral formation, earning his M.Div. from Concordia Seminary.
He was Ordained into pastoral ministry in June 2016 at Grace in Winter Haven, FL. Mark was also installed there as the Associate Pastor and served in that role through September 2019. While in Florida, their daughter Susanna was born. In October 2019, Pastor Mark entered into ministry with us here in our newly established role of Associate Pastor. He is delighted to serve this congregation and community alongside the wonderful family of Cross Lutheran Church and School.