Pastor & Staff
Pastor Mark grew up on a dairy farm in Oregon where he was active in church as a young boy, participating in the local Luther League.
He graduated from the Lutheran Bible Institute in Seattle, and also from the Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. He continued his education at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Paul Minnesota, where he received his Masters in Divinity.
Mark married his wife Kari in Marshall, Minnesota where he ministered for some time. He also pastored a church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas for 2 ½ years before coming to Church of the Living Water in 1976 as the pastor.
Mark has also spent time ministering abroad in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Turkey, China, Canada, England, Argentina, Mexico, Norway, Malawi, and India.
Mark organized and led the Chaplain's Program at the Muscatine Community College. He also has joined together with local pastors to promote unity in the city.
Mark spends his “free” time raising sheep and his family. He claims pastoring is the 2nd greatest job in the world; the 1st is raising a family!
He loves to brag about The Church of the Living Water saying “I pastor the most wonderful church in the world. The people here are awesome!”
In 2011 the cruel killer called cancer attacked Mark's body. Through the church's faith in Christ coupled with natural and medical treatments, Mark has fully recovered from Stage 4 inoperable cancer. Praise God!
Grab a Copy of Mark's Books
Pastor Mark's book Local Churches Global Apostles: How Churches Related to Apostles in the New Testament Era and Why It Matters Now is available for purchase on Amazon. You can choose either a Kindle or hardback copy.
God is using this much needed book to inform and liberate both pastors and churches from binding misconceptions of the past. Do you or anyone you know of still speak of "apostles who oversee churches?" Or "Which apostle are you under?" If so you need this book!
Go to Churches and Apostles to buy Mark's book. The book is currently being translated for sale in Spanish.
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Wall of Honor
The Wall of Honor gives credit to some of the "unsung heroes" of the fellowship.
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Instead of a traditional youth ministry, we simply spend time together as a group of friends- Christian friends who include each other, and build each other up with encouragement and love.
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What We Believe
We believe that the scriptures in their original form are the inspired, infallible Word of God.
We believe in one God, eternally existent as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
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Praise & Worship
Our goal is to give God extravagant praise and worship because He is incredibly worthy. Psalm 150, verse 2 says, "Praise Him according to His excellent greatness." He is very great, which is why we praise Him in great and expressive ways.
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