Mark McLaughlin

Mark McLaughlin

Director of Facilities and Safety

Meet Mark

California is my home state. I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s in Cupertino before it was known as the Apple capital of the world, and it was a GREAT life. I grew up in a Christian home, full of love and laughter. My brother was the boundary pusher and I was the rule follower. The 60’s and 70’s were a great time to be a kid. If you have seen The Wonder Years on TV, or watched The Sandlot, that was my life.

Having “walked the aisle” at 7 years old to talk with Pastor Green about accepting Jesus, I would tell you that I’ve never struggled with my soul’s final destination. But having grown up a classic legalist and rule follower, I was all out confused about what it meant to live the Christian life. It was a utter frustration for me. Thankfully, Jesus broke through my frustration and showed me the one thing I missed throughout my growing up years—grace. I finally found freedom in understanding that Jesus is the initiator and sustainer of the bondage-free life I longed for, not me.

I married my best friend, Mary, over 30 years ago. She was a stay at home mom for years and now has been a spectacular elementary teacher for the past 12 years. We have two grown Aggie daughters, Devin and Erin, and an Aggie son-in-law, Peter, all of whom I adore.

We started attending WM in 2002 when we moved to Dallas so I could attend DTS. After seminary I was WM’s Children’s Director for six years and then took a two year stab as a Family Ministry pastor in the Seattle area. I am thankful to be back at WM and using my gifts and talents here again.

Family, DIY house projects, watching NASCAR (don’t hate J), and playing golf are my outside-the-job interests.

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