Luke Friesen

Luke Friesen

Director of Operations

Meet Luke

I joined Watermark staff from the corporate world, having worked as a management consultant for seven years following my MBA from Texas A&M and a bachelor's degree from John Brown University. I was a Watermark member for five years before coming on staff, and the call to full-time vocational ministry came while trekking through a Haitian village with our then-young adults pastor in October of 2012. My first years on staff had me on the Community team and the Young Adults team, and now I enjoy using my business background to help lead our Operations team.

God has blessed me with an incredible family and Christian heritage. Both sets of grandparents were full-time overseas missionaries, and my parents planted churches in Japan for nearly 20 years. I was born in Japan and lived there until I was 15, before making the monumental shift to life in Kansas. My parents were faithful to proclaim the gospel to me when I was young, and I trusted Christ when I was 8.

I'm the middle child out of three redheaded boys, and we're fiercely competitive in ping-pong and basketball. I love reading and motorcycling, but never combine the two. I also enjoy lapping White Rock Lake on my road bike, hitting trails on my mountain bike, and sweating to a CrossFit WOD. Sushi makes me nostalgic, and I could eat it every day. As a closet grammar nerd, I love a well-turned phrase, nuance, and witty dialogue. Konichiwa!

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