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Dr. Mark E. Poindexter has been working in churches since 1986. His education includes a Master of Divinity from Emmanuel School of Religion and his Doctor of Ministry was earned at Christian Theological Seminary. His doctoral project was titled, “The Human Search for Meaning: Confronting our Mortality.” In addition to his work in local congregations he has served the larger church through the Indiana Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) by working as a camp counselor/director for twenty years, co-chair of the Indiana Region Discernment Task Force, and by being the regional moderator. He also served on the general board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is active in support of Habitat for Humanity, the YMCA, several local food ministries and has been involved in Hospice as a volunteer chaplain and facilitator of grief support groups. He is presently the happy pastor of West Side Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Mark is an avid runner and cyclist, and an admitted back-of-the-pack participant. Over the past twelve years he has logged more than 15,000 miles in his running shoes and on his bike. This has also become an extension of his ministry with several of his running and biking partners coming from his congregation, some of them running or biking for the first time. Through the generous support of his congregation and friends, his running and biking has helped to raise more than $20,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America, the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America, and Habitat for Humanity.

Mark was a regular contributor to the Walter Scott Preaching Society and his sermon, “Don’t Give Your Heart to the Church” was published by Guild Press in Best Sermons in Indiana. He has two children, Christopher and Michele.  You can reach Mark through his Facebook page or email him at