He has attended numerous workshops featuring such notable composers and directors as Jester Hairston, John Rutter, Dr. Eph Ehly and Dr. Andre Thomas.
Mark taught 18 years in Kansas public schools as a vocal music teacher and music theatre director. His choirs and ensembles consistently received ‘I’ ratings at state music contests with numerous students being selected to participate in the State Choir at KMEA. Mark also spent four years as the Director of Choral Activities at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas. Today, some of his former students are an integral part of a ministry he started at Chapel Hill Fellowship in Wichita, called enCompass Center For Creative Arts.
Besides his teaching and directing credits, Mark has been a professional actor in dinner and regional theatre since 1975. Some of his favorite roles include: Johnny Brown in The Unsinkable Molly Brown; Curley in Oklahoma; Adam Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls; TR in Tintypes; and Captain von Trapp in The Sound Of Music. He has also enjoyed performing in radio and TV commercials, industrial videos and a two person show (with his wife Stacy) about the hymn writer, Fanny Crosby, called Chuck and Fanny (written by himself, Steve Rue and Michael Criss).
Mark has directed church choirs, led praise and worship and written worship songs and choral anthems since 1972. He is presently the Celebration Choir Director for Chapel Hill Fellowship and the Creative Director for the enCompass ministry.
Mark and his wife, Stacy, have three children. Their daughters, Megan and Erin, along with their husbands, Andy and Luke, are graduates of Sterling College. Their son, Ryan, is playing baseball for Pratt Community College. To their great joy, Megan and Andy gave them their first grandchild, Caleb.
M.M.Ed. in Music Education from Wichita State University
B.F.A in Music Education from Friends University