In 1986, Mark and his wife, Sheila, planted the seeds of Granger Community Church in their living room, with fewer than ten people. Their dream was to reach out to those who weren’t currently attending church for whatever reason and share the truth that they mattered to God.
It goes without saying, though we love to say it often, how much Mark and Sheila mean to Granger Community Church (GCC). For over thirty-three years they poured their lives into this ministry.
Since Mark’s cancer diagnosis and request to be relieved of his position as Lead Pastor on December 1, 2019, Mark has been fighting pancreatic cancer at home, with Sheila and his family. The Administrative Council and leadership of GCC have decided to honor Mark as Pastor Emeritus. This title indicates that Mark has fulfilled his required commitments and has fully earned his release from serving as Lead Pastor. We are so thrilled to honor Mark in this way, and are so grateful to him and Sheila for their years of dedicated service and sacrifice.
Who he is:
Visionary. Gifted communicator. Committed to Christ. Passionate about his family. And as normal as your next door neighbor (but only if that’s a good thing).
What people say about him:
“I believe Granger Community Church has one of the best pastors in America. Mark Beeson is a tremendous teacher.” Dr. John Maxwell, cutting-edge entrepreneur, best-selling author and dynamic speaker.
“Granger Community Church is the best example of a purpose-driven church in the country. And Mark Beeson is a phenomenal communicator and leader.” Dr. Rick Warren, best-selling author of The Purpose-Driven Life, and founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA.
Other places his talents have taken him over the years:
To Rick Warren’s Purpose-Driven Church Conference, where he’s been a regular speaker and delivered the keynote address to more than 4,500 global pastors participating in the event. To leadership and training programs sponsored and conducted by nationally known author and church development consultant John Vaughn.
What he’s earned besides accolades:
His B.S. from Ball State University, his Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, and his Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min.) in leadership development from United Theological Seminary in Ohio.
His role at GCC?