I have been struggling with my faith, dedication and commitment to God for many years. Yet it wasn?t until the birth of my first child that my struggle in faith really bothered me. I want to raise my children to the best of my ability and I realized that I was not fulfilling my duty to my children because I wasn?t living in the glory of God.
I don?t think it was a coincidence that I became Pastor Mark and Carmen?s neighbor. I?m pretty sure that it was God setting before me the tools I needed to grow strong in faith. I feel truly blessed to have Mark and Carmen as my neighbors, friends and mentors. They are devout in their faith and live in the richness only God can provide.
The Yeadon?s have reached out to me and have surrounded me with patience, understanding and love. My interest and renewed promise to my developing faith is a testament to the faithfulness of God?s saving power and the love of His caring servants.
Pastor Mark and Carmen represent, to me the very model of goodness and purity of heart. They have welcomed my family and myself into their home, and into their love and their faith. I was honored when Pastor Mark performed both dedications ceremonies for my children. He was able to impact, touch and bless our whole family.
I know I?m not anywhere near where I want to be in my faith, in fact I fight it every step of the way. However, I feel blessed to be able to align myself with Jesus Christ and the people who are going to be able to support and challenge me in my faith and my struggles.
I did not grow up in church, nor did I think it had anything to offer me. I was what I would call a normal high school student, lived in a good home and got good grades. At the end of my senior year a girl invited me to a church service. Normally I would have thought that it was a dumb idea, but she asked, so I went and God began to reveal Himself to me through the pastors and families there. I began to see that although I thought my life was pretty good, I was missing the joy that these people had. It was through these pastors that God became genuine to me rather than the fairytale I had thought He was. Since that time Pastor Mark and others have come alongside of me and made the biggest differences in my life. I thank God for them.
I think I can speak on behalf of all Girgus? when I say that Pastor Mark has been the most influential spiritual leader we have ever known. Not only did he help to keep our family together through some tumultuous times by speaking words of comfort and wisdom, but he also had faith enough to heal some of us in desperate times.
Mark is a compassionate, warm and friendly pastor. I am impressed with the live interaction between him and the people. The most important aspect of his ministry is how the Holy Spirit uses him as a tremendous blessing to others.
Growing up in a Catholic church, with a traditional family, I lacked a true passion for knowing Christ. I came to know Jesus in 1996 at Evangel Community Church, where Pastor Mark?s word and ministry introduced me to living in Christ daily.
I consider it a great honor to share with you my thoughts about Pastor Mark and Carmen. They?re Great people!
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