Sometimes I wear a tie and jacket to work
About Pastor Mark Haines (@PastrMarkHaines)
My name is Mark Haines. I started this blog as a caring pastor so I could give honest heartfelt answers to your questions. If you’ve ever wanted to ask a pastor a question about spirituality or practical Christian living but could not for some reason, I’m here to help. Leave your question in the contact form here.
I write a new post each day Monday through Friday. They are published at 5 AM for my friends who are morning people. Every Monday I’ll have a prayer or poem to jump-start your week. On Friday, I’ll share a Lectio Divina (Divine Reading) Bible study to help you hear God’s voice as you go into the weekend. Tuesday through Thursday I’ll be answering your questions.
I am a happy husband, father, grandfather and pastor living in the Great Lakes Bay Region of Michigan. I’m a pure bred Hoosier and no I don’t know what a Hoosier is. I’ve lived in small towns like Jonesboro, Indiana, Wilmore, Kentucky and Hancock, Wisconsin. I’ve lived in mid-sized towns like Marion, Indiana and Bay City, Michigan. And I’ve lived in cities like Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio.
I love basketball like a good Indiana boy but I’m built for football like a son of Michigan. However, my athletic ability ends at being able to walk and talk at the same time. So, I settle for keeping track of the Indianapolis Pacers and Colts online.
Still in love after all these years
I married the girl I met on the first day of our freshman year at Indiana Wesleyan University. We married at the end of 1978 and have three adult daughters. We are now grandparents with one granddaughter. I’ve grown accustomed to being the only male in the room.
After graduating from Asbury Theological Seminary, I became an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church in 1983. I have served congregations in four of the Great Lakes States. I have also worked as a free-lance writer for over 15 years writing Bible Study lessons, commentary articles and presentation plans for my denomination’s Sunday School curriculum.
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