Mark Clarke

I was raised in a Christian home, so it is hard for me to put a date on when I truly was born again.  I asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior many times growing up.  It was almost a guarantee that I would feel the need to pray the sinners prayer around the campfire on a Friday night after a week of Bible camp.   I do believe that the Bible teaches that Salvation is a moment in time experience when a gracious Father opens your eyes to the ugliness of your personal sin and to the wonder of Jesus Christ who died in your place to take away your guilt before a Holy God.  And at that moment when you embrace Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you pass from death to life.

But when that moment was for me, I am not sure.  I do know that at the age of 19, sitting under the stars alone with God, He moved in my heart to make my parent’s faith my own faith and I thank my Papa God for His continual drawing of my heart to His heart.

I graduated from Clearwater Christian College in FL with a BA in Bible Studies and ministered at a Bible church in CT while I received my certification to teach science at the University of CT.  After graduating from Uconn, I taught for a few years before getting my master’s degree in Intercultural Studies at Wheaton College outside of Chicago, IL.

During this time, the Lord brought into my life Carol Porges, a lovely young lady studying Educational Ministries whom I could not stop thinking about.  Praise the Lord – she said, “yes”; and we were married right after we both graduated.

A year later we moved to FL to work with a small group of believers called Grace Bible Church; nine children and 16 years later we are still here.  What a blessing it is for me to be able to provide for my family by preaching the Word of God and encouraging others to grow in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.