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Mark Stinnett was born on August 15, 1958 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He grew up in small towns in the south with his parents, John and Faye Stinnett, and three sisters. Mark studied Bible and biblical languages at Harding University, graduating with a B.A. in 1981. Feeling somewhat immature, Mark admits that he was not ready to begin preaching full time. So, he attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and earned his teaching certificate in secondary mathematics.
After college Mark taught 7th grade math in the public school system at Clark County R-I in Kahoka, Mo. and in Jefferson City, Mo. After eight years he left the classroom, but continued in public education for another 12 years in the area of technology support. He worked for the Jefferson City Public Schools and the Independence School District, both in Missouri.
Mark has been involved in the teaching and preaching of God's word throughout his Christian life. No other work gives him greater satisfaction than to help people understand God's message. Mark had always believed that he would someday preach full-time but did not believe that the "right" opportunity would be presented until after retirement from his career in education. In 2006 the right opportunity was presented and Mark began as a full-time minister for the Ellisville church of Christ in 2007. Mark later accepted a full-time preaching position for the Quincy church of Christ in Quincy, Illinois, moving his family there in 2014.
Mark met Kristin Winget (of Jefferson City, Mo.) while at Harding and they were married in 1981. Mark claims that Kristin "has been my constant support as a godly wife and mother.” Mark and Kristin have five daughters: Jessica, married to Josh Ward, Hannah, Katherine, Abigail, and Emily. In February, 2014 Mark and Kristin became grandparents for the first time, to Leila Mae.
Believing that the Word of God is able to change lives, Mark says: "I am thrilled to be able to preach and teach God’s word. If I can present the message of God in a loving, honest, and clear manner without getting in the way of the message, I will have accomplished my task. To that end my endeavor is to deliver an authentic message of hope through a genuine life in Christ."
"I am moved and motivated by the words of Isaiah," explains Mark. "' To this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at my word.' (Isaiah 66:2) To gain the attention of God is the greatest blessing in this life. What is there beyond that, except to see His face in eternity? It is my present desire to live these words and foster the same attitude and longing in those I influence."