Spotlight Church was relaunched in 2017 as a new congregation of the Central Canada District of The Wesleyan Church of Canada In May 2017, Rev Mark Parker moved to Stratford to recast a vision for Spotlight Church and to serve as the Lead Pastor.
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Mark felt God call him to a life of ministry when he was 18 years old. He went to Kingswood University in Sussex, New Brunswick where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. Mark has served as lead pastor of various churches for over 35 years, including one he planted in Kemptville, Ontario. In 2010, Mark has served as the Regional Director of Church Planting for the Central Canada District of The Wesleyan Church. He now serves as National Director for Church Planting in The Wesleyan Church of Canada. He enjoys his role as volunteer Chaplain for the Stratford Fire Department among other involvements He is a certified coach and has a life long commitment to learning and to leading others to serve with excellence.
Mark has been married to his wife, Helen, for 32 years and together they have had the joy of raising three great children – two sons and a daughter. The family grew with the addition of 2 daughter-in-laws, a son in lawa, and now Mark and Helen are enjoying the thrill of being Grammy and Grampy to three incredible grandsons!
Pastor Andrew has been serving at Spotlight Church since April of 2020. As his junior hockey career ended in his early 20's, God began directing Andrew's path towards full-time vocational ministry. In 2016, he began studying to become a pastor at Kingswood University and graduated with a Bachelor of Theology in 2020. At Spotlight, Andrew's primary role is to give leadership to Spotlight Church's young adult community, as well as to preach occasionally.Andrew married his wife Lyndsay in 2015, and together they have two children Isaiah (2018) and Eloise (2019). In addition to his position at Spotlight, Andrew also works as a construction worker. In his spare time he enjoys reading and listening to a good podcast.