Mark Dearing is from Winchester. He graduated from George’s Rogers Clark High School and attended Campbellsville University to play football on an academic scholarship. While at Campbellsville University, Mark attended a campus revival where the Holy Spirit convicted his heart and changed Mark’s plans. Mark’s passion for football was replaced for a passion for the Lord. He transferred from Campbellsville to Eastern Kentucky University and began working in student ministries as a part time youth minister and a camp counselor.
Mark and his wife, Melanie, met at EKU and married while still students. They both graduated with degrees in education. Mark taught middle school science for one year before accepting a full time youth ministry position. He has served with students in Stanton, Paris, Bardstown, and in North Vernon, Indiana. Mark is a graduate of Southern Theological Seminary in Louisville with a master’s degree in Christian Education. Throughout those years of ministry, Mark and Melanie welcomed a son, Clay and two daughters, Lydia and Blake. They also became guardians of a young man who is currently serving in the U.S. Army.
From 2014-2018, the Lord called the Dearing family to serve with Baptist Haiti Mission near Port au Prince, Haiti. While there, Mark earned a master’s degree in theology. The majority of Mark and Melanie’s ministry time was with a self-help project called Mountain Made. The family returned to the states where Mark interned with the youth at First Baptist Church in North Vernon, Indiana, the ministry he left four years prior to move to Haiti. The Lord has been working in Mark’s heart for years growing a passion to preach The Word. Mark enjoys reading nonfiction, fishing, golf, playing basketball, and board games.