Mark serves as the Director of Operations. He is originally from Fayetteville, GA and holds a BA in Music from Columbus State University and a MFA in Recording Arts and Technology from Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to joining Sojourn Network in July of 2015, he owned his own business, taught at MTSU, and served on the event media staff at Southern Seminary. He has been married to Jill since December 2018 and currently resides in Boston, MA.
Tell us about your role at Sojourn Network.
As Director Operations, my role is to understand how the organization works, connect our mission to the behind the scenes systems and processes of ministries, and to ensure we are stewarding our resources (people and finances) with integrity. When I describe my job to people I tell them my role is to work “on” the organization, and it is my joy to do so.
Tell us about your family!
My wife and I, Jill, got married on December 2, 2018 in Louisville, KY. I am originally from Fayetteville, GA and have three sisters (two older, one younger), and a twin brother. Side note: you may have already put this together, but just in case, Dave Owens is my twin brother. Anyway, my parents still currently reside in Georgia and serve in the ministry there as well. Jill is from Normal, Il where her parents still currently reside. Jill and I met at Sojourn Midtown in Louisville, KY and now currently live in Boston, MA.
What’s your favorite thing about where you live?
Boston is a unique place full of history and sports fanatics. We love exploring the city, its food and its culture. We love the proximity to the beach and the mountains, which gives us the opportunity to both hike and ski, something we have recently started to enjoy. Since you are asking me (Mark), I would say that my favorite thing about Boston is Fenway Park!
What are your favorite books, movies, or TV shows?
My favorite books are hands down, D-Day, Band of Brothers, and Churchhill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. If you want to know how WWII was really won by the Allies, pick up this last one.
What’s one crazy thing you have to do before you die?
I have two crazy things I want to do before I die, climb Kilimanjaro and go to basecamp of Mount Everest. Some more realistic things would be to hike rim to rim through the Grand Canyon, and see a World Cup match live.