Mark DeVries brings to Ministry Incubators a career of entrepreneurial ministry and coaching. A serial entrepreneur, Mark has founded numerous sustainable ministry enterprises, most notably Ministry Architects (2002). This team of over 50 consultants has worked with over 500 churches, bringing together centuries of expertise in youth ministry, children’s ministry, young adult ministry, small church ministry, executive coaching, and strategic initiatives for entire churches.Mark served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee from 1986-2014. Mark’s work at First Presbyterian included a combination of volunteer and staff development, teaching and preaching, relational ministry with youth and their families, as well as regularly participating in the worship and mission life of the church.
Mark is a graduate of Baylor University and Princeton Theological Seminary and the author of several books, including Family-Based Youth Ministry, Sustainable Youth Ministry, The Most Important Year of a Man’s/Woman’s Life and The Indispensable Youth Pastor (with Jeff Dunn-Rankin). Mark and his wife, Susan, live in Nashville and have three grown children (Adam, Debbie and Leigh), and three grandchildren. Contact Mark here.