An amalgam of interests and complexities; a soul influenced and transformed by Jesus nuanced by a Midwest farm-boy childhood and equally shaped by an empathy for the least, a love of nature, an arduous pursuit of integrity, and the acceptance of the rough-hewn texture of living life.
Mark Carter is the Campus Ministries Specialist for Compassion International, a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. Prior to joining Compassion, Mark’s passion for helping individuals in the area of holistic spiritual development led him to a number of ministry roles on private-Christian and secular higher education campuses. Most recently, he served as University Chaplain at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA, from 2008 – 2012, and Campus Pastor at Simpson University in Redding, CA from 2005 – 2008. Prior to these roles, he was Director of Spiritual Formation for Servantcare International, Inc. where he assisted in the development of a spiritual pilgrimage experience entitled SoulJourn, utilizing the study of historical Christian figures, the practice of spiritual disciplines, the dynamic of community, and the values of a pilgrim’s fare, as a means of creating a formative learning environment. Mark has led dozens of spiritual life retreats both on and off-campus, and internationally. He has graduate degrees in Christian Ministry and Christian Education, with special focus on spiritual formation and leadership. Mark lives in northern California with his wife, Rebecca, and their three dogs (two Chocolate Labs and a German Shorthaired Pointer), and enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle on both land and sea.