Mark holds a Doctorate of Ministry in Biblical Counseling and has been an ACBC certified biblical counselor since 2002. Mark has authored 22 books, including The Heart of Addiction and The Pursuit of Perfection. His most recent local church assignment was at Faith Church in Lafayette, IN, where he led Vision of Hope. Mark Shaw and his wife, Mary, had been living in Indiana for the past 5 years before moving to Kentucky to serve at GFC.
I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and Mobile, Alabama. I was blessed with loving parents who are believers. I was active in sports. I played tennis in high school as well as other sports like basketball and table tennis. I also played saxophone in several different types of bands like jazz, marching, and concert bands. My childhood desire was to become the “next James Dobson” by becoming a Christian counselor.
My parents taught me the importance of the Word. My father led me to the Lord at the young age of 9 when I became aware of my sin and need for a Savior. I later became more committed to obedience to Christ at age 24 and began pursuing seminary training in counseling at age 31.
I really like Ephesians 4:11-16 because it is about the growth of the body of Christ and emphasizes the importance of speaking the truth of God’s Word. Every Christ follower has an important purpose and function in the body of Christ and we need each other. God has blessed us with brothers and sisters in Christ to serve one another in love as we worship Him.
The Lord called me to GFC in August 2018 to serve and glorify Him. God blessed me with a great church family at GFC and I am eager to shepherd His flock. Living in community as a local body of believers is vital and GFC is a wonderful place to be transparent and loving toward others. I am very excited to be here and grateful to God for leading me to GFC.
One thing I enjoy about serving at GFC is learning from the staff. Each staff person is someone I can learn from. Their hearts to serve are evident and contagious. They love each other well as they seek to love the church family well. It’s a better work environment than I could have imagined.
I am married to Mary and we have 4 children who we love spending time with. God has blessed us greatly.
Hope for GFC
I would love to see the body continue to grow and become more like Christ through worship, intimate disciple-making relationships in community groups, personal disciple-making, and biblical counseling.