Mark has been in the music ministry for over thirty years and has had the opportunity to share the stage with such groups as J.D. Sumner and the Stamps, The Kingsmen Quartet, The Talley Trio and others. He plays a variety of instruments and incorporates many of them into each service. Some of the instruments he plays are guitar, banjo, dobro, harmonica, and fiddle. He sings original material as well as the well known standards in several styles of music from Southern Gospel to Contemporary. Debra Talley of The Talley Trio, states he has a "tremendous voice".
He is a retired educator from Bedford, Indiana and worked with children for almost thirty years. He served as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Learning for the North Lawrence Community School Corporation in Bedford, IN as well as a teacher and a principal. His wife, Marta, is a retired educator and both now reside in Tavares, FL They have two children, Jordan and his wife Savannah, live in Lexington, KY and Morgan and her husband Seth Thompson from Rossville GA. They have two children, Walt and Emry. When at home Mark and Marta attend One Foundation Church of the Nazarene in Tavares, FL.
Throughout my professional career, and personal life, I have come to understand that every person has the responsibility to lift others up. It was through the obedience to do Gods Will that others lifted and guided me in finding and accepting Jesus as my personal Savior. Each of us in our own way may be the only hope, joy, and love others may encounter. As Jesus demonstrated these attributes during His short time on earth, He has called us to do the same. Through the message in song, it is hoped that all will be encouraged to pursue a life that reflects the love of our Lord and lets the world see Jesus in us.