In his own experience of 30 years of personal recovery and seeing the dilemma facing those in the body of Christ who struggle with addiction, Mark was moved to seek God’s wisdom in finding a solution. After much prayer and heart-to-heart discussions with his wife, Amy, they both knew that Power for Abundant Recovery Ministries was born for such a time as this. God gave Mark a simple vision of restoration for those who are broken and bound by addiction in the body of Christ and a practical plan to bring it into fruition.
In the Recovery World: Before stepping in full time as PAR Executive Director, Mark not only served 10 years as an Adjunct Therapy Specialist, within the addiction recovery treatment field, but is also a regular lecturer and inspirational public speaker who empowers and equips people for victory over addiction. Mark is a member of the National Association of Experts on Traumatic Stress. As a 4th Degree black belt Mark has been an Adrenal Response De-Escalation Instructor, teaching at the International Police Chaplains Conferences, as well as anxiety and stress management skills for relapse prevention.
In the Christian Community: After his ordination Mark chose not to pastor a church but to serve on the field of human need as an Adjunct Chaplain to the U.S. Army Reserve, providing pre and post deployment spiritual care to soldiers and their families, as well as grief loss care and suicide prevention training. He also served as a Law Enforcement Chaplain for 10 years. As a Chaplain Mark saw the worst of broken lives through addiction, and dysfunction, and a disconnection between the Recovery Community and the Faith Community. This deepened his convictions even more that a solution was needed. Mark is a Certified Christian Life Coach with the American Association of Christian Counselors and is passionate about his love for Jesus Christ and his conviction that one of our most urgent mission fields is within the church community. Mark quotes Isaiah 61:1 as the core heartbeat of P.A.R. Ministries: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and freedom to prisoners.”