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Meet Mark


Describe what you do at Grace.


I serve as an elder, specifically as the Vice Chairman. My ministry right now is with the youth of our church. I am also involved in leading music for our Sunday services.

What experience, education, and/or work background do you bring with you to Grace?

I teach Advanced Placement Economics and Psychology at Rocklin High School, where I have worked for 23 years. Before that I earned my Bachelor's degree in History from UCLA, as well as a Master's in Secondary Education.

What are you most passionate about when it comes to ministry?

I love communicating truths from God's word in order to help people grow in their love of Christ, and their ability to live for His glory.

Tell us about your family.

I have been married to my lovely wife Torrey for 24 years. She is also a high school teacher. We have two children. Our daughter Faith is 18 and headed for Cal Poly, SLO. Our son Mason is 16 and a student at Rocklin High School. Both of them love Jesus, are active in ministry, and enjoy making music.

Briefly, describe how you came to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

I was not raised as a Christian, but came to hear the gospel as a Junior in High School. I actually asked a committed Christian girl to the Prom. She told me that she would be my date if I would begin to attend youth group with her. There I heard the gospel, and soon at a revival event I repented of my sins. I had been living for success and resting in my own goodness, but came to realize that I was a sinner before a holy God. God revealed to me that Jesus is the only Savior and Lord, and I've been living for Him ever since.

What is something someone would be surprised to know about you?

People are generally surprised to find out that I am quite an introvert. My natural tendency is to want to spend lots of time alone. Ministry and teaching have caused me to live in a way that somewhat contradicts this nature.

What could we find you doing on your days off?

I love to get outdoors, specifically to go fly fishing.

What is the best lesson you learned from your parents?

To do things with great enthusiasm....apathy will get you nowhere.