Mark Thompson

Location: Western US
Position: STM Mobilizer
Project #: C0372

Phone: 559.456.4600

Mark grew up travelling a lot with a father in the U.S. Air Force. He is one of five siblings all spaced within a year of one another. Mark was born in Tacoma, Washington, and lived in Nebraska (Omaha), Japan (Tokyo), North Dakota (Grand Forks) and settled in California. Mark attended Fresno State University and participated as a high jumper for 4 years on the Track & Field Team. He served two years as the president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at FSU. After graduating with a BA in Physical Education, Mark attended the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary and Hope International University where he received an MA in Ministry.

Mark married his wife, Karen, in 1987 and served as youth pastor at First Christian Church of Santa Maria. Next, he served at the Reedley MB Church as youth pastor and as Family Life Pastor. From 1997-2004, they planted ShoreLife Community Church in Capitola, CA (Santa Cruz). Before arriving on staff at MB Mission in July of 2008, Mark served as pastor at Butler Church in Fresno. They have two sons - Chris born 1990 and Michael born 1993.

Mark's role as Short-Term Missions Coordinator includes organizing and mobilizing mission trips from one weekend up to 8 weeks. Basketball missions teams to Thailand combine both his passion for sport with evangelism and service. Pioneering new missions works into least-reached places around the world is both his job and his passion.

His hobbies include fishing (especially catching BIG bass), playing & coaching basketball, and drooling over 1960-72 American muscle cars. He has restored a 1967 Camaro and other GM classics. Karen is a Fresno native and Mom by choice, bookkeeper by trade.

John 1:14 reads: "So the Word became human and made his home among us." This is Mark's hope as he represents Christ in the world - to live out the Word of God before all people by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Spouse: Karen
Children: Chris, Michael
Home Church:  Mountain View Community Church, Fresno, CA 93727

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