There are a lot of things I could tell you about myself. Like that I was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, Illinois, on July 28th, 1960 – which makes me 52 years old! I could tell you that I played a lot of ice hockey with my two brothers, Kevin and Keith. Or, that childhood hobbies included karate, mini bikes and fixing mechanical things. I could tell you that I graduated from Valparaiso University in 1984 and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 1988, when I married Pamela Jane Kaestner and we moved to Apache, Oklahoma, where our son Andy was born. But, that’s ancient history!
What really tells about me is that I feel a driving passion to tell people about God’s grace. And, the goodness of our Lord. And, how much I would love to meet you. What can I tell you about the good people of Concordia? Simply, we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We recognize that we are a little different and our sin has made us a little dysfunctional (I’m being generous!). The truth is, Concordia is a great place for people who feel drawn to God and that God is working in them right where they are. Feel free to give me a call or drop by – anytime – weekday or weekend. Ask me a few questions, and you’ll find that I still love to fix and building things; am deeply proud of our son Andy (an Infantryman killed by an IED in Afghanistan in 2011); that I ride along-a-long with the Dallas Police as a volunteer Chaplain; and, that I love my motorcycle!
Hi I'm Pastor Mark. God has been good to me, and I am very grateful for the gifts He's given me. I've been married to an amazing woman, Jenni, for almost ten years now. We've been gifted with two boys, Noah and Silas, a little girl, Elise, and our newest blessing, Josiah. God has brought us closer to family down here in Texas, and we are a part of a great family of faith here at Concordia.
On top of that, God has gifted me with the ability to play music, the love of cooking, and the joy of basketball and woodworking. I have found many different ways to use these gifts in God's service and I look forward to finding even more ways to do so. With all that said though, I also look for ways to grow in these gifts and I'm always eager to learn more.
Concordia is a great place to use the gifts that God has given you. Let's get together sometime and chat about how you can use your gifts among God's people here at Concordia.