Mark serves as a pastor on the executive team at Granger Community Church where he has served in various leadership roles over the past 17 years, including connections, volunteer strategies, executive leadership and still, a unifying force for staff and volunteers as he remains the onsite guest services practitioner.
Today he serves as Executive Pastor of Care Ministries, overseeing the staff responsible for guest experiences and care services. He is passionate about lifting the stigma of mental illness; providing personal care in life transitions; and helping people experience “me too” advocates as they journey through brokenness toward healing made possible through God’s love. Mark longs to see the local church, particularly, acknowledge and embrace both the brokenness and the hope that exists in each of us.
Mark is a people advocate. He believes people have inherent value and worth, period. For 35 years his life and work have been about people: retail management, employment services, team training, church leadership, consulting and leadership development. It’s all about people.
Mark is the author of three books: First Impressions: Creating Wow Experiences in Your Church, Lasting Impressions: From Visiting to Belonging and How To Wow: 101 Meaningful Ways to Make a First Impression. His resources are used in college classrooms, local churches, other non-profits and businesses. They lay a non-negotiable foundation about people: each individual has infinite value and at the same time brings unique value to their sphere of influence.
In addition to serving the teams and people of Granger, Mark has some limited time each year to help you and your church or organization gain honest perspective about where you are, so you can proactively set a course for where you want to be. He will bring seasoned guest/customer training to your teams so you can excel at meeting people where they are and help them take appropriate steps from there. He is ready to consult, coach and cheerlead you to lead and live effectively. Are you ready?
Explore the full menu of services Mark offers, then connect with him to set your plan in motion… because people matter.
About Mark’s Family…
Mark has been married to his high school sweetheart, Laura, for over 35 years and today they are still best friends. Laura happens to be married to a pastor, but rejects the traditional label and stereotypical expectations of a “pastor’s wife.” Since high school she has expressed her art through music, singing in the local churches she’s attended for the past 40 years. An extroverted lover of people, she travels with Mark when possible.
Their only child, Liv, married her best friend and high school sweetheart, Jacob Alexander, in December 2016. She is an artist, using acrylic, oil and latex paints to form abstract pieces of inspiration on canvas, paper and wood. Her love of creation and her experience of being loved by her Creator is expressed in each project. Check out her work at guidemybrush.com. Jacob is a consummate salesman because he also believes people matter. His love of people is particularly revealed in his relentless passion to see adolescents learn their value early, maximizing their God-given identity.