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Mark Mitchell

Executive Pastor

Born in Los Angeles to Jamaican parents, Mark responded to the gospel at age 8 in Tampa, Fla., which became home after family moves that took him from the Bronx, N.Y., to Port Antonio, Jamaica.

Graduating high school as class valedictorian (two weeks after turning 16), Mark went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from University of Florida (1988) and Georgia Tech (’90). In God’s plan, he put aside a science-based career to answer the call to pastoral ministry.

In 1993, newly married and 25, Mark embarked on more than two years of evaluation by serving our Singles Ministry while working full time. “I began to realize that my ‘passion’ for my job was diminishing, and my passion for serving in the church was growing,” he recalls.

Mark joined our pastoral team in April 1996. He taught and led Singles Ministry until 2002, when he took on oversight of Mercy Ministries. He gradually became more involved in the Alpha ministry (now Introducing God), teaching sessions, eventually assuming its full leadership in 2004 and responsibility for all Outreach Ministries in 2007 as Outreach Pastor.

Mark stepped into the role of Executive Pastor in 2013, drawing from his background as an engineer, his strategic leadership gifts and his pastoral heart in supporting the lead pastor in executing the vison of the church.

Mark, his wife Terri, and their adult children (two sons and a daughter) all reside in the Gaithersburg area.