Mark Sooy is an author, pastor, teacher, theologian, worship leader and musician. His experience has led him through opportunities in pastoral church ministry, Bible college instruction, worship leading, authoring, conference speaking and leading, private music instruction and other forms of Christian service.
Along with consulting churches and Christian organizations in a variety of ways, Mark also teaches professionally and privately. He serves as an Adjunct Professor for Cornerstone University’s Professional and Graduate Studies program for adult learners, as well as the Adult and Online Learning program for Grace Bible College. He teaches private music lessons; teaches a Homeschool co-op for elementary children; and is often asked to give lectures or studies on Worship, Christian Worldview, and other Biblical themes.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Theology degree with an emphasis in Pastoral Studies from Grace Bible College (with majors in Bible, Theology and Music), as well as a Master of Arts in Historical Theology from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary of Cornerstone University. Both institutions are located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mark graduated with Honors from both, and received awards for excellence in Biblical Studies in each setting.
He is also a commissioned graduate of the Centurions Program. The Centurions are individuals who have been trained by Charles Colson (of Prison Fellowship and Breakpoint) and other leading Christian thinkers to declare and defend the Truth of the Christian Worldview. He is involved in the leadership of the first satellite Centurions program based in Michigan.
As an offshoot of his involvement with the Centurions Program, Mark is a Researcher and Writer for the Colson Center for Christian Worldview (www.colsoncenter.org). Specifically, he is responsible for the content covering Worship and the Arts for the Worldview Church (www.worldviewchurch.org), which target ministry leaders helping them to think and teach through the lens of a Christian Worldview.
Mark’s published work includes articles for periodical publications, devotionals, as well as three books:
Essays on Martin Luther’s Theology of Music;
The Life of Worship: Rethink, Reform, Renew; and,
Lessons in the Silence of God
Mark and his wife, Elisabeth, currently reside in West Michigan with their three children. He and Elisabeth (a talented musician) are often found leading worship and ministering together in churches in the West Michigan area. Their children, also musically talented, join together with their parents to form the “Sooy Family Band.” Together they have performed in churches, for parties, and other social gatherings.