Hello. My name is Mark Houseknecht and I want to thank you for taking the time to read my books and to learn more about me as a person.
I was born in upstate New York but grew up mostly in the northern tier of Pennsylvania. I graduated from a small high school in 1985 and joined the Marine Corps, serving until my Honorable Discharge in 1991. While in the Corps I got married to my lovely wife and we have four children, who are grown, and we have one grandchild.
I have worked in the ministry since I was about 12 years old, serving the Lord in a puppet and drama team that traveled around Pennsylvania and New York. After my tour in the Marines was done, I pursued street evangelism, campus evangelism, and finally, children's evangelism. I served as an assistant pastor at an inner city church in Philadelphia, PA, and again at an Assembly of God church in upstate New York. Currently, I am pastoring a small country Assembly of God church in upstate NY, and also devote time to serving as an emergency services chaplain with our County Sheriff's Office.
My ministerial training and credentialing is through the Assembly of God's Global University/Berean School of the Bible. I have attained my Licensed Minister's credentials and am now studying to receive my Certificate of Emergency Services Chaplaincy.
Personally, I love to hunt, fish, and enjoy the shooting sports. I enjoy working out in the gym with weightlifting being the primary means of staying in shape. I also enjoy karate and have earned my 1st degree black belt in Chun Kuk Do Karate.