Mark was born and raised in Kansas where he met Jesus, was married to his wife, Katie and adopted their three sons, Gavyn, Elijah, and Ricky. After serving his community as a Firefighter/EMT for 3 years, Mark began to sense a unique calling on his life. After prayer, conversations, and confirmation the Cress family moved to Wellington, KS, a small farming community of about 8,000, with a vision to start a church that would impact their community for Jesus. On September 11, 2011, the church held its first service in a one-screen movie theater. During the six years he pastured in Wellington, the church grew significantly and was able to secure a permanent place of worship. In the March of 2017, Mark and Katie answered God’s call and moved their family to Northern Virginia in pursuit of serving God and his people as Grace Baptist Church. Mark enjoys spending time with his family, sightseeing, traveling, music, food, and is passionate about the Cleveland Browns.