Luke Friesen

Luke Friesen

Director of Operations

Meet Luke

Management consultant turned minister: I joined Watermark staff from the corporate world, having worked as a consultant for seven years following my MBA from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s degree in business 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. During my first five years on staff I served on the Community and Young Adults teams, and now have the opportunity 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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