Mark is the associate pastor and worship leader of the Gathering Place Church and his wife Shell leads the Missions and Women’s teams. Together they lead the Connect Group ministry which trains leaders and oversees the weekly groups. See gatheringplacechurch.org So all this tells what their official roles are – but it all boils down to relationships – walks, lunches, phone calls, emails, counseling, prayer, laughter, crying and very much seeking God with our whole hearts. We work with a great leadership team with our fearless leader John Ettore. Shell also gets to teach in the community at shelters and school settings to parents through Jewish Family Service. It is a great privilege and she shares what she learned during her years having 24 foster kids. We both get to travel to other churches to teach and lead retreats and conferences. Abiding and abounding in Jesus is where it is at. We have absolutely wonderful friends and we also thank God for the wonderful dogs we have had. Our first born Emmet is no longer alive – but Pete our dog dressed in his natural black and white tuxedo suit is still alive and keeping us laughing.
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Mark Cowper-Smith was a lawyer in Calgary, Alberta Canada for 13 years. As a result of a radical conversion to Christ he began to teach and lead worship at camps and Bible studies and was asked by a group of people to plant a church in 1988. The church experienced very rapid growth as well as severe trials. Mark was the Senior Pastor of Grace Vineyard Fellowship for 12 years before moving to San Diego, CA. Mark and his wife Shelley have traveled and ministered at churches in England, Europe, Russia, New Zealand, Fiji, Mexico, Canada and the U.S.A They have a heart to see all of the church powerfully filled with the love of the Father and released to minister that love in power.