We are a family of seven. Married in 1993, Mark completed four years in the Marine Corp and then we headed to Seminary. By the end of our time there in 2000, Mark was an ordained minister with a Masters degree in Theology and we were on our way to Africa with two little girls (Grace and Katie). During our time in Zambia, we used Chronological Bible Storying to share the Gospel among the peoples of the Western Province.
At the end of six years and two more children later (Benjamin and Isaac), we returned to the US for Mark to serve as a military Chaplain with the Navy and Marines in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2010, we brought our son Josiah home from China.
After seven fulfilling years in the military ministry, God once again called us back to Africa, this time to fulfill the role of Chaplain/Pastoral Care for the SIM South Sudan team. We served with this team for almost a year and a half, living in Nairobi, Kenya and traveling into South Sudan and Egypt. As challenging as this experience was, it gave us valuable insight into the lives of those who live in insecure areas touched by conflict, crime, and terrorism.
Today, Mark is a Pastoral Care Specialist with SIM, ministering to God’s servants both at home and internationally. Mark specializes in crisis debriefing and conflict mediation as well as Mediation training for teams. Stacey serves as Trauma Healing Coordinator for SIM. Both are trained Master Facilitators with the Trauma Healing Institute of the American Bible Society, working globally to bring hope and healing to churches and communities through the ministry of God’s Word.