Pastor Mark was born in Wichita, KS and grew up attending Elementary, Jr. High, and High School in Haysville, KS. Through the influence of a couple friends who were genuine followers of Christ, Mark started attending Westside Church of the Nazarene in Wichita, Kansas and personally experienced the forgiveness and saving power of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Mark met his wife, Amy Hamilton-Hatcher, at Mid America Nazarene University in 1995. Both Mark and Amy graduated from MNU in 1997 and 1999, respectively. Mark graduated from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 2001 with his Master of Divinity degree. In December of 1998 they were married at Lakeview Church of the Nazarene in Tyler, Texas. From this marriage, God gave them three beautiful daughters (Moriah, 14; Adalynn, 12; Makenna, 8) and a son, (Gabe, 3). Mark comes to JC Naz with 16 years of preaching ministry experience and helped lead the effort to plant two churches in Missouri in the past four years. Pastor Mark is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Amy has been a registered nurse for the past 18 years. They are certified foster parents and have had the joy and privilege of providing care for nine incredible kids over the past three years.
Pastor Mark is passionate about building relationships and sharing the Good News of Jesus with those who are spiritually lost, and takes seriously Jesus’ call to be a fisher of people. Among his favorite Scripture verses are: Acts 20:24, “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned to me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” And, 1 Corinthians 9:22, “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”
Pastor Mark says, “Amy and I and our family are incredibly humbled and blessed that God has led and called us to Junction City and JC Naz! We look forward to joining with each and every one of you very soon in the mission of depopulating hell, and bringing great glory to the God who is able to do “immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine…” (Ephesians 3:20).
Serving with Great Joy,