Mark was born in Canada but spent a major part of his youth growing up in Mexico City. After graduating from LeTourneau College and the University of Texas, Mark spent a brief career in mechanical engineering before his family entered full time mission work. He spent the first four years in Los Angeles and Oaxaca, Mexico, then moved to Pakistan where he worked with Afghan and Iranian refugees until 2017. He and his wife Lois have four adult children and twelve grandchildren. When they returned to Bend in 2017, the Lord blessed them with three young foster children whom they adopted in September of 2021.