Pastor Mark Driscoll is a Jesus-following, mission-leading, church-serving, people-loving, Bible-preaching pastor. In 2010, Preaching magazine named him one of the 25 most influential pastors of the past 25 years. He’s grateful to be a nobody trying to tell everybody about Somebody.
With a skillful mix of bold presentation, accessible teaching, and unrelenting compassion for those who are hurting the most—particularly women who are victims of sexual and physical abuse and assault—Pastor Mark has taken biblical Christianity into cultural corners rarely explored by evangelicals. He has been grilled by Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters on The View, gone head-to-head with Piers Morgan on CNN, debated the existence of evil with Deepak Chopra on ABC’s Nightline, bantered with the gang on Fox and Friends, and explained biblical sexuality on Loveline with Dr. Drew.
Born in North Dakota, Mark Driscoll grew up the son of a union dry-waller in south Seattle. After graduating from high school, he attended Washington State University on scholarship. He became a Christian during his freshman year and graduated from WSU with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication. He later completed a Master’s degree in Exegetical Theology from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.
Most importantly, Pastor Mark is a family man. In 1998, when Pastor Mark was a 17-year-old high school student, a young woman named Grace gave him a nice Bible. Mark, a non-practicing Catholic at the time, was born again reading that Bible in college. He and Grace were married at the age of 21, graduated at 22, and by 25 were planting a church in the living room of their home while they both worked full time jobs. At the age of 26 they welcomed their first child, Ashley, and today they have three sons and two daughters, all of whom are walking with Jesus and helped plant The Trinity Church as a family ministry.
Various ministries trace their roots to Pastor Mark’s leadership. He is currently the Founding and Senior Pastor at The Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona (thetrinitychurch.com). Previously, he pastored Mars Hill Church, which began as a Bible study that he and his wife Grace taught in their home. He is also the founder of Resurgence, a ministry that offered resources for Christian leaders. He is also the co-founder of the Acts 29 Network, which has planted hundreds of churches in the US and worldwide. In 2010, following a cataclysmic earthquake in Haiti, Pastor Mark helped found Churches Helping Churches. The organization raised $2.7 million in funds and delivered an additional $1.7 million in medical supplies to the devastated country.