This is his second time working as a journalist, having worked in print journalism for 21 years before becoming the associate pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas for nearly 17 years.
Although out of professional journalism for those years, Mark was a regular opinion columnist for both BNG and the Dallas Morning News. He is the author of three books, the most recent of which is Why Churches Need to Talk About Sexuality (Fortress Press, 2019), and gave a TEDx Talk in Charlottesville, Va., in 2016.
He earned a journalism degree from the University of New Mexico in 1984 and completed core studies toward the master of divinity degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1985 through 1988. As both a layperson and a pastor, Mark has been active in support of the nonprofit sector, helping launch four nonprofit organizations. He currently serves on the board of Gateway of Grace Ministries and Gaston Christian Center, both in Dallas.
Mark and his wife, Alison, have identical twin sons, both professional jazz musicians and educators.