Mark was born in Golden, CO where he spent the first 18 years of his life. He grew up with a desire to pursue a career in business, and was deeply shaped by the campus ministry at his high school. Mark attended Azusa Pacific University to play football where he met his wife Lauren in Abnormal Psychology class, and they were married in January 2015. Mark began to sense a deeper call to ministry in college and received a degree in Christian Ministries, and continued to pursue further theological studies at Azusa Pacific Seminary while serving as the Youth and Family Ministry Director at Village Covenant Church. During his last year of seminary, Mark joined a church plant team called Sanctuary Coffee in Claremont, CA. Mark is pursuing ordination in the Evangelical Covenant Church and deeply values the opportunity to walk alongside students in cultivating lifelong relationships with Jesus together.