Pastor Mark is the proud father of 3 great kids and the husband to a very gracious wife! He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and did his undergraduate work at Miami University. In 1996, Pastor Mark graduated from Western Theological Seminary. In 2010, he completed his Doctorate of Ministry degree with a focus on missional living and leadership. Prior to serving as pastor of the Reformed Church of New Paltz, Pastor Mark served in Kalamazoo, MI, Holland, MI, and Poughkeepsie, NY.
Pastor Mark's Message
Jesus said, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your mind, and all your strength and love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). This triangle of love is what we are called to do in all aspects of our life. Because God loves me, I am able to love God. I show my love for God by loving those around me. So easy, yet so hard for Christians through the centuries. At the Reformed Church of New Paltz, we long to meet people where they are and journey with them wherever God leads. It is a journey deep in relationship and filled with love and grace. It is a journey that we invite everyone on as we boldly proclaim, and strive to practice, being a church that is Room for All. We long to be who God has called us to be in the Grace of Jesus Christ as together we wrestle and explore what it means to be a 21st Century Church, equipping 21st Century Christians to be in a 21st Century world sharing the love and Grace of Jesus. The call is not to come to church, but to love our neighbors through hospitality and fellowship as we offer support and comfort in the hard times and join in life’s celebrations in the blessings. From the Care of Creation, to the family struggling down the street, we embrace a journey that unites all of us in the love that is Jesus Christ. We don’t promise all the answers and that we will always agree. We don’t promise perfection or that we won’t just flat out blow it. We do promise a safe place to search, discover, and be as we journey together in the name of our Creator, through the grace of Christ, following the lead of the Holy Spirit.