Mark was born and brought up in Edmonton, Alberta, a city surrounded by the Canadian prairies and from where you have to drive for 14 hours to find the ocean. He became a Christian while living in Québec (the French part of Canada) through the witness of a fellow student hoping to become a missionary. Following his conversion he left Québec to move back to Edmonton, and through a series of divine happenstances ended up attending the English congregation of a Chinese church.
This commenced fifteen years in the Asian Christian community, four as a lay-leader, nine as a minister (Chinese and Korean). Mark attended Taylor University College and Seminary (Edmonton, AB) for his undergraduate degree, and Trinity Western University (Langley, BC) for Seminary, Laidlaw (Auckland) for supplemental courses, and the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand’s minister training school.
While at University in Canada Mark also spent nine years in the Canadian military reserve as a military musician, playing the trumpet. Attached to an infantry regiment, his military career was a mixture of army training, general duties, and military musicianship.
Charlotte met Mark in university while preparing for a mission trip to Salt Lake City, Utah. Although she was born in Edmonton, Charlotte grew up in India as the daughter of missionary parents working in Health and Development.
They were married in 2006 and have since had three children. Roseanna and Alaric were born in Canada and Guinevere was born in New Zealand. However, as Roseanna (the oldest) was only two when they moved to New Zealand, the children have grown up here most of their lives.
They were called to St Andrews Presbyterian Church in December of 2017. Charlotte stepped into the role of Families Pastor in late 2018. She is currently studying for her Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education while serving part-time at the church.
Mark’s passion is to tell the story and Good News of Jesus and to connect His story with our story. It is his goal in life to make the message of the gospel as clear as possible wherever possible. And it is his prayer to do this all to the glory of God.
Soli Deo Gloria!