Living among the poor in the Dominican Republic gave Mark the desire to pursue ministry in short-term missions. He’s been taking short-term trips to the Dominican Republic and other countries since 2002.
After working in various fields over a 17-year period, Mark began to wonder if God would use his cultural, Spanish, and short-term mission experiences to lead him in a different direction.
Mark then met Joaquin Vargas, Vice President of Ministries at Missions Door. Upon meeting Joaquin, who is a native of the Dominican Republic, Mark shared his heart’s desire to lead short-term trips to primarily Spanish-speaking countries.
This was where he found great satisfaction and where he had experience. Joaquin then told Mark that he had been praying for two years for someone to meet this tremendous need. Mark was appointed by Missions Door in February 2009 to lead teams to the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, and more recently, South America.
Mark’s vision includes encouraging and helping Missions Door missionaries reach their communities for Jesus Christ through children’s activities, construction, drama, leadership development, medical operatives, music and pastoral training.
Born into a family with a strong Christian heritage on both maternal and paternal sides, Mark accepted Christ into his heart at an early age. He grew up on the mission field in Brasilia, Brazil, returning to the United States for most of his high school years, and then attending Biola University.
Kim also began following Jesus from an early age. Her faith has grown through camp, short-term mission trips and going to a Christian University. She now enjoys leading Bible study with women and seeing Jesus bring hope to individuals.
Mark and Kim met at Biola University with common interests in missions and family, and common perspectives on God and people. They were married in 1990 and have two children.