Mark was born and raised in South Africa and immigrated to the United States in 1977. He has been a part of a few short-term mission trips to Japan, India and Turkey. Mark is married to his wife, Laurel, with three sons: Caleb, Micah and Josiah. He won the Who’s Who Among American Teachers Award in 1998 from Belmont High School from Los Angeles, Calif.
Mark states, "Regarding my 'personal' (what a strange sounding little word that has become!) beliefs, I could never imagine a Christianity not intimately connected to the Apostle’s Creed. I believe evangelical Christianity is rooted in this creed and that our agreement on this most orthodox of creeds can and should supersede our disagreements on anything else." A few of his academic interests include: the literary origins of courtly and romantic love, C.S. Lewis and the Inklings, Wallace Stevens and Dante Alighieri.
Ph.D. in Humanities (Literary Studies) from University of Texas at Dallas, 2006
M.A. in English Literature from California State University, 2000
B.A. in Sociology/Bible from Azusa Pacific University, 1984
"Perplexed by Joy: Sensucht in C. S. Lewis’s Pagan Works:
Spirits in Bondage (1919) and Dymer (1926)"
Dissertation Director: Frederick Turner (D.Phil. Oxford)
Academic Papers Presented
1. “The Tribe with the Greatest Story Survives” Southwest Regional Conference
on Christianity and Literature, Azusa Pacific University, March, 2001.
2. “Charles Williams, Dante, and The Sacramentalization of Romantic Love”
Southwest Conference on Religion and Language, April 2004.
3. “George Steiner and the Gap between Theology and the Humanities”
Southwest Conference on Religion and Language, April 2006.