Pastor Mark earned a B.A. in Communication from Concordia University at Austin in 1996. In 2000, he graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis with a Masters of Divinity degree. He was ordained and served as the Associate Pastor at Hope Lutheran Church in Friendswood, Texas, for 5 1/2 years before accepting a call at Concordia Lutheran in Bedford.
Pastor Mark has a passion for helping people engage in the mission of the church, and he is a member of the 2006 class of the Pastoral Leadership Institute. He is also an avid mountain biker and enjoys playing the alto sax and building model yachts.
Religious Education Opportunities
The Lutheran Church has always been very aware of the importance of Christian education. The members of Concordia invite you to become a part of our ministry and join us in this journey called life through the following options:
- Adult Inquirers is offered to non-Lutherans to acquaint them with the teachings of Christianity. This series of approximately ten lessons helps one to know before joining what the church teaches. At Concordia this series of studies is offered twice a year, without obligation of any kind, to anyone who wishes to inquire into the teachings of the Bible.
- Todays Light Bible Study As a congregation we are all striving to truly know the Word. The Todays Light Bible breaks up the Bible into daily reading segments. The Sunday School class will focus on the discussion of the previous weeks readings. Our goal is to read the entire bible as a congregation and thus arm ourselves with the truth!
- Confirmation Classes are also provided for children who wish to prepare for the Rite of Confirmation. Concordia offers two years of confirmation instruction for children beginning in the seventh or eighth grade (parental option). These classes meet during the school term.
- Sunday School classes are available every Sunday morning for children beginning at age three through high school. An Adult Bible Class is offered during the Sunday School hour for all who wish to participate. This class is being taught by the pastor and is quite informal and exceptionally interesting.
- Personal Discipline Program is designed for those wishing to continue progressing in their faith walk.
Several fellowship opportunities are available at Concordia, including:
- Fellowship Dinners – monthly dinners, hosted by the Ministry teams
- Guys & Grills – men’s group
- Lunch Bunch and Bible Study – Thursday luncheons
- Men’s Network – Fellowship and study for men, held the first thursday of every month.
- Supergrapes Softball – Friday night games
- Womens Bible Study – Every Saturday from 9-10am
- Young Adults Group – Young adults, or adults that are young in spirit, meet a few times a month for fun activities and events.
- Christ’s Kids – Christ’s Kids is a program geared for elementary aged children that happens every first Saturday of the month. We meet with the kids from 10:00am – 12:30pm and have fun Christ centered activities and lunch.
- Choir – Wednesday nights
The administrative boards help us to accomplish the Concordia’s challenging mission.
- The Board of Evangelism helps all of us become more alert to the need to spontaneously and intentionally share our Christian faith with others.
- The Board of Stewardship helps us to learn how to be more successful in managing our time, talents, money and property in a God-pleasing way. This board also helps us engage in fellowship activities and keeps the congregation informed about special activities.
- The Board of Education helps to provide Christian educational opportunities for our children and adults. In addition to Sunday School and Adult Bible Classes, this board also provides opportunities for youth group activities.
- The Board of Lay Ministry is comparable to the board of elders or board of deacons. These men assist the pastor during the Sunday worship service, schedule ushers, acolytes and attend to other worship needs. They help keep the many activities and functions of the congregation in harmony with Scripture and good order. Each Lay Minister has a “little flock” of the membership with whom he makes contact from time to time, listens to their ideas and feelings and offers encouragement and help. In this way they help the pastor and the rest of the congregation minister to one another more effectively.
- The Board of Properties care for our church building and grounds. They enlist the help of the membership in keeping the church clean, in good repair, as well as, an attractive place to worship.
- The Board of Administration is composed of the congregational officers and the directors of each administrative board. They help make good decisions with respect to our mission and ministry and provide guidance coordination of effort in planning.
- The Voters Assembly is the final decision making body for our congregation. All adult members who are 18 and over are encouraged to participate in the Voters Assembly. It is this body which elects our leaders and keeps our membership informed about the activities and needs of our congregation.
- Concordia Lutheran Church and its staff are completely supported by its members, there are no funds received from our synodical structure. We are a stand-alone, self-supporting independent congregation.