November 18, 2019 at 12:54 pm • Posted in Uncategorized3 Comments

It is a season of change and transition for me, one that is clearly from God. 

On October 10, I submitted my resignation as Senior Pastor at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Auburn, IN. It was a painful decision, but the right one.

Since arriving at St. Mark’s, our commitment has been that we would not move before the kids graduate. We are keeping that commitment and not moving. While our hope was for me to be I that role for 10-25 years, we also knew that God ultimately was calling me to something broader. The question has been for the last couple years, what that is, when it is to be and whether or not that is in addition to or instead of my role at St. Mark’s.

As for a rationale for my decision and its timing, here is what I shared with the church: ‘The council has asked me to be fully transparent about the rationale for my decision and I want to honor that request. While there have been a number of problematic things over the last 6-8 months, ultimately, I decided to resign because I was not able to get the tangible support that I needed in the way and timing in which it was needed for me to continue here and honor my own well being and the well being of my family. It is not the outcome I had hoped for, but it is the right decision for us. Please know that there is no controversy and for me there is no anger or blame at all, simply sadness, hurt and certainly some fear. I love this church and you, its people, sincerely. We have many people here who will be our friends for the rest of our lives and who have been a source of comfort, support and love.’

My last official day is January 15, 2020 and my last day in the office will be Sunday January 12, 2020.

Ultimately this decision was the decision that was best for my health and the health and well being of my family. God speaks to us in a variety of ways; through the scriptures, through others, through suffering, through circumstances and more. In all my life, never have I heard God speak more clearly before, during and in hindsight than I have on this decision. It’s been laughable in many ways. I have also had a ton of support from family and friends. Jessica and I have seen a dramatic drop in blood pressure, positive change in the disposition of our kids and more interest in faith from both kids than we have seen in at least two years. 

Certainly there is some sadness and grief and a little bit of fear as well. That said, we also have some excitement and most importantly a great sense of peace. We remain thankful and ask for your prayers for our family as we trust God and seek clarity out what is next.

As to whats next, stay tuned for more about that soon. Exciting things ahead!

Much Love,


  1. Tresea Combs Said:

    Love you guys! Praying for you and your family! I know God has great things in store for you! Love having you and your family as part of our life past, present and future. Hugs. And love.

  2. Lynn Said:

    Marcus & Jessica…. we pray that you will be guided and blessed by our loving Father. We will continue to follow your life journey! Blessings and hugs. Your family in Christ…Jim and Lynn


    Marcus, My prayers are with you as you follow whatever path the Lord has laid out before you. I know both the pain and the joy of making such a decision. It seems to be something that happens in ministry and the directions God wants us to go. You are in my prayers as the Spirit leads you to where you are to go.