MARK IS A PIONEER AND A CREATIVE WITH OVER 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE. HIS VISION IS TO CHALLENGE AND EQUIP GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS TO STEP OUT OF THEIR COMFORT ZONES AND FIND WAYS TO ENGAGE WITH CULTURE AND GROW COMMUNITY
Mark teaches both Lay and Ordained Ministers based on over 20 years of Pioneer mission and ministry experience
Mark has spoken at Churches, and events across the world. He is known as a challenging and inspiring speaker
Mark designs and leads creative and contemplative worship, retreats and pilgrimages, using AV, liturgy and his own poetry
Mark is an engaging, innovative, and warm speaker, who has the gift of making Christian spirituality appealing to secular and religious audiences alike. We loved having him to speak at Hertford College and recommend him without reservation.
Rev Mia Smith
Chaplain of Hertford College in the University of Oxford
Mark is a Church of England Pioneer minister, creative and community activist. He lives in Telford, Shropshire where he leads Safespace newmonastic community and is Chaplain to Yellow Ribbon Community Chaplaincy supporting ex-offenders.
He is married with a 16 year old son.
Mark has worked with a large secondary school, growing a spiritual community of around 80 young people along with a peer mentoring programme. He started and ran a night club project and free night cafe. He built a team to work amongst the local alternative spirituality and Mind*Body*Spirit community. He developed a ministry in AFC Telford United which saw him become a Director, launch a local youth project and become a founding Trustee of a youth charity. He co-founded safespace
newmonastic community in Telford.
Mark has spoken at many Churches, groups and events, he is a highly experienced preacher and speaker.
He has created and curated worship at events, gatherings and festivals, including Greenbelt, hosted creative and contemplative retreats both in person and online, written liturgy
and led pilgrimage walks.
Mark has taught for the Centre for Youth Ministry, CMS Pioneer ministry course and for several Diocesan Ministerial education programmes. He runs an online course with Ian Mobsby on 'Starting and Sustaining missional newmonastic communities' and is a Fresh Expressions Greenhouse Facilitator.
Mark has delivered seminars for Churches, groups and mission Pioneers in Europe, America, Australia, South Korea and Africa.
Mark writes poetry as part of his own spiritual and theological practice. In recent years he has been reading and writing poetry at festivals, retreats and events. Some of his poetry and prayer can be found on his blog PicturaPoesis.