Mark grew up in Nashville, TN. He is married to Bethlyn Anne and they have four children. He graduated from the US Naval Academy with a BS in Oceanography and served in the US Marine Corps. His advanced education includes an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a D Min from Bakke Graduate University.
He worked for several years in the corporate world, was ordained in the
Free Methodist Church and became Pastor of Mountain Creek Fellowship where he served from 1992-2013.
He founded Compassion House, an organization we have assisted in the past, and continues to be active with the organization.
Velma Walker - Music
Velma Walker is a lifelong resident of Issaquah. She studied piano under Marguerite Hood, a piano instructor in Seattle, received music instruction from William Klein, a gifted musician who taught in the Issaquah School District, and studied music theory through the Art Publication Society of St. Louis, Missouri. In her junior and senior high school years, Velma accompanied the choirs and many solo and ensemble groups. In her senior year she also played with the high school band.
Velma began playing for Bethel Chapel Church in Issaquah at the age of 11, a position she held for the next 33 years. In addition, she played for many weddings and funerals. Following her work at Bethel Chapel she briefly shared her music ministry with Our Savior Lutheran Church and St. Joseph Catholic Church. In 1994 she joined the staff at Community Church of Issaquah where she plays piano and organ. She also directed the choir for several years.
Velma's testimony is her love of Christ, family, friends and music. She is dedicated to the ministry at Community Church and is open to new music as well as the traditional hymns and choruses.