Mark and Jen moved to Swanage in early 2012 to pick up the leadership of Emmanuel, with a real expectation that God is doing something very special across the town and in this area of Dorset.
Having become a Christian in his early teens, Mark clearly sensed the call of God on his life for full-time ministry. That call initially had the emphasis to work with young people, both voluntarily and then through British Youth for Christ for 12 years. During this time, he became a YFC Centre Director in Sutton Coldfield and was significantly involved in leading youth teams at Spring Harvest for a number of years, and played the drums in Christian ministry band. The Lord then led him into Church leadership and being trained as a Baptist Minister whilst leading his first church. The family then moved to Bedford for a fruitful 11 years before sensing the call to Swanage.
They have 2 grown up children and 3 grandchildren, and are now fostering a boy. Mark – amongst his many other responsibilities – is occasionally still seen behind the drum-kit, attempting aspects of DIY, and doing Lego Technic!