When I became a Christian, I fell in love with some of the great Pentecostal healing evangelists of the early 1900’s. Men like Smith Wigglesworth and George and Stephen Jeffreys who moved in astounding power with incredible miracles being a hallmark of their ministries. I read the stories of earlier pioneers like George Fox, the founder of the Quakers, and Maria Woodworth-Etter through her book – “A Diary of Signs and Wonders”. I thought that day was all over.
I seemed to spend my early Christian life, reading about the marvellous presence of God from people who had experienced it, visiting places where it had been, hearing from those who had seen it, but never seeing it for myself. Then in the 1980’s I came across the ministry of John Wimber. That was a never to be forgotten experience!
I was in the Usher Hall in Edinburgh and at the end of the teaching session, he asked the Holy Spirit to minister to us. We were all standing. Quietly at first, then louder and louder, there was this banging sound coming from the bleachers where I was. I couldn’t make out where it was coming from. I gradually realised the noise was coming from 100’s of people who were beginning to shake as the power of God came upon them and the movement of their limbs was causing seats to bang and wooden floorboards to sound. (Whether they were wooden or not, I don’t now remember, but they certainly sounded like it!)
It was eerie because I had never witnessed the Holy Spirit moving (ever!). I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it.
By the end of the week I had laughed myself hoarse (in the spirit – and been incredibly healed in the process), I had witnessed people being healed of their physical ailments, demons coming out of people, I was introduced to a world that I had scarcely believed existed and which I was sure had gone with the great Pentecostal healers of the 20th Century.
I will be forever grateful to John Wimber. He introduced me to the world of the Kingdom of God. He gave me confidence that if the world was ever going to be won for Jesus, then doing it the Jesus way, with “Signs and Wonders” was the way to go. In fact, that was the only strategy Jesus ever taught his disciples (Luke 9 and 10).
I think Jesus was onto something there….
Mark is married to Julie, a qualified teacher, and they have four adult children, four grandchildren and live in Southampton. They joined their home church, New Community Church, in 1977 and were part of the leadership for many years.
Mark has been moving in the prophetic ministry for over 20 years; advises churches on the development of the prophetic; regularly leads and teaches on Schools of Prophecy; and has considerable experience in pastoring the prophetic.
Mark is a church builder, prophet, teacher, mentor and advisor. He travels regularly to churches in the UK, and internationally, to advise, encourage and support churches in their growth and development.
Mark’s pastoral background and prophetic anointing provide an unusual combination, particularly with his lively character and public speaking skills. His heart is to release the Kingdom of God in our lives and through the Church Family into our communities.
Approximately one fifth of the course is training in the prophetic.