Dr. John Mark Harrison grew up in Alabama, became a Christ-follower at the age of 8 and surrendered to the ministry while in college. God led him through Student Ministry, into strategic development of multi-sites as a Campus Pastor, and then to the Lead Pastor role at Apex Baptist Church. At Apex, he is currently a strong denominational voice for the state of North Carolina, recognized for his giftedness in leadership development, discipleship and Bible-centered expository preaching. A dedicated shepherd who loves the people God has entrusted to him, John Mark is very passionate about Christ and His church. His favorite part of ministry is to see people come to know Christ, learn to walk with Christ, find out what gifts and abilities God has given them, and then discover their ministry in the church. He appreciates leadership challenges and desires to lead the church to powerfully influence its community for Christ. His leadership style is strategic and collaborative, believing a healthy relationship of trust fuels this collaboration and energizes the team to work together. He is convinced that there must be an intentional process of education in the church and a pathway of developing disciples and leaders in order to impact our world with the gospel.
"John Mark Harrison is one of the SBC's most promising young leaders. Naturally speaking, he has it all - charisma, good leadership instincts, great people skills, and is a phenomenal preacher. Even more, the hand of God is upon him. In the years I have known him, I have seen him walk with integrity, humility, and a deep dependence on God. He is loyal and dependable, and I am excited to see how God uses him in this next chapter!"
- J.D. Greear, Ph.D
Pastor, The Summit Church
President, The Southern Baptist Convention
"John Mark has the tools needed to effectively reach and keep a generation. He has the heart of a shepherd; he is a highly effective preacher of the Word of God; he has paid the price in education, training, and real world experience. If you look at everywhere he has served, the church is strengthened, had tremendous growth, baptisms, missions, and a good name in the community."
- Dr. Jay Strack
Founder of Student Leadership University
First Baptist Concord family,
It is an honor to be considered for the position of Senior Pastor at First Baptist Concord. This church has a rich history of missions, outreach, worship, innovation and ministry excellence. I believe the Lord will continue the impactful ministry of First Baptist in the years to come.
Since we were contacted a few months ago, my wife Brigitte and I have been in an intense season of prayer seeking the Lord’s will for our future. God has opened our heart and we believe He is drawing us to Concord.
I’m very thankful for the many months of careful work, time and effort of the Senior Pastor Search Team. They have spent countless hours praying, listening to sermons and talking with us about the church. You should be very proud of the way they have represented Concord. I am very thankful for the care, hospitality, substantive conversations, and careful evaluation this team has offered me.
My heartbeat is to be a part of a church described in Acts 9:31, “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.” Let’s pray that this type of miraculous movement of God’s Spirit would happen in First Baptist Concord, and Knoxville will be forever impacted for the Kingdom of God.
For His Glory,
Pastor John Mark
"First Baptist Concord, I am absolutely elated that you have felt led of God to call my dear friend, John Mark. You will be thrilled. He is a man of God with the hand of God on his life. One of the leaders among leaders. I can hardly wait to see how God uses him."
- Pastor Johnny Hunt
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Woodstock
Southern Baptist Convention and Christian Service
Vice President of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Board of Directors
Co-founder of North Carolina Young Pastors Network
Serves as NAMB Young Leaders Advisory Council
Served on SBC Executive Committee Young Leaders Advisory Council
2017 SBC Committee on Committees
Preaching the 2018 North Carolina Baptist Convention Sermon
"John Mark Harrison is one of the finest young pastors I know. He is a wonderful man of God who loves Christ, the Bible, the Church and the lost. I hold him in the highest regard and believe he will serve Concord well. I believe exciting and fruitful days are in your future."
President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC
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