Wherever Mark travels and speaks he hopes to inspire groups to take an active and creative approach to spiritual formation and public engagement. Mark is passionate about taking risks to follow the revolutionary teachings of Jesus and shares stories from his personal experiences. In 1998 he and his family moved to inner city San Francisco to pioneer a neighborhood Christian community. He became the founding director of ReIMAGINE, a center for Christian spiritual formation that helps participants take steps to pray, serve and love courageously.
A sought after retreat leader, conference and campus speaker, Mark is the author of Practicing the Way of Jesus (IVP 2011), Soul Graffiti (Jossey-Bass 2007), and the forthcoming book, FREE: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most (with Lisa Scandrette IVP 2013) He is a contributing author to other books including, The Gospel After Christendom (Baker 2012) An Emergent Manifesto of Hope (Baker 2007) and The Relevant Church (Relevant 2005). He is also one of seven featured voices in the Animate Faith video series.
In addition to large group speaking Mark loves to offer more in depth training on leading groups into action.
Mark graduated from the Bemidji State University with a degree Applied Psychology and studied theology at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He began his career working with at-risk children and families on Minnesota’s Iron Range. After five years he left this work to become a pastor and served a congregation for three years. From 2002 to 2004 Mark also served as pastor and director of Lakeside Ministry Center in East Oakland, a cooperative of six first language and refugee congregations.
Mark is sought after speaker for campus groups, colleges, seminaries, mission organizations and for clergy and leadership conferences for a wide variety of church traditions. He also lectures frequently for the U.S. Center for World Missions Perspectives courses. His public speaking covers a broad range of topics including the gospel of Jesus, kingdom theology, social justice, spiritual formation, personal healing, simplicity, creativity, family life and cross-cultural engagement.
Mark and his wife Lisa and their three children in the Mission District of San Francisco.