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ABOUT MARK

"MY PASSION IS HELPING PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES THROW OFF THE CONSTRAINTS THAT HOLD THEM BACK FROM BEING WHO AND WHAT GOD KNOWS THEY CAN BE."

“YOU DO NOT NEED TO KNOW PRECISELY WHAT IS HAPPENING, OR EXACTLY WHERE IT IS ALL GOING. WHAT YOU NEED IS TO RECOGNIZE THE POSSIBILITIES AND CHALLENGES OFFERED BY THE PRESENT MOMENT, AND TO EMBRACE THEM WITH COURAGE, FAITH AND HOPE.”    THOMAS MERTON

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Mark spent 6 years developing the Church Mission Society Mission Community, 

worked as Fresh Expressions Enabler for the Church of England in Birmingham and is currently a Facilitator for the Fresh Expressions Greenhouse.

Mark has contributed to several publications including being co-author of 'A New Monastic Handbook', 'The Forgotten Factor: Placing Community at the Heart of Mission' and author of the pocket liturgy book  'Navigatio'.

He is the co-founder and leader of the Safespace newmonastic community in Telford and a member of the Archbishops advisory council for Religious communities.

Before training to be a Youth Minister,

Mark Worked as a Theatre and Music Lighting designer and a musician, he retains a deep love for the arts, and plays Guitar and Bass.

Mark began his ministry as a Youth worker in 1994, before becoming a Pioneer minister in 2005. His ministry has seen him sharing life with Far Right Skinheads, Gangs and Nightclubbers, growing a Church with unchurched young people in a secondary school, becoming a Chaplain and then a Director of a professional football club

and running 'Sanktuary' an overnight café and

safe zone for the night time community.  

 

Mark's current work includes ministry with

Yellow Ribbon Community Chaplaincy,

supporting ex-offenders, those living

with mental ill health, addiction and personal life challenges.

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Sarah Ban Breathnach

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“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers but above all the world needs dreamers who do.”