- How long have you known Mark?For... gosh, 11 years?
- Three words to describe Mark: Hip. Authentic. Compassionate.
- If Mark created a nickname for you, what is it and where did it come from?
Lady Di. Only those who call me that are from the "Mark Shull Era" of YL Greenwich. Also... I guess he's the reason why I tend to give other's nicknames as well. Just thought about that...
- Funny memory with Mark:
Ohmygoodness where to start... Leading skits with MNF theme song, YL Christmas Card photo sessions, ski trips to Crooked Creek, numerous camp trips, various program characters, employee evaluations (ok, so maybe not those),
- How has Mark impacted your life?
Trained me on the professional side of doing ministry. Creating documents, conducting meetings, how to dress and act, how to navigate the professional world as well as the teen world.. I would say that I've come out with a serious advantage being trained by a lawyer turned ministry leader. It has opened doors and given me leverage and understanding more than I can imagine.
- What do you think Mark’s legacy will be? What is his lasting imprint on the world?
Work hard, play hard, love hard and follow hard. Implementing long, hard work hours in certain seasons produces fruit and outcomes that I would not otherwise see in ministry. However, finding appropriate times to completely unwind and unplug is crucial to working hard during the high season. Not being afraid to put in a long work week as well as completely disconnect from life when the opportunity arises. All of this is surrounded by loving people (spouses, friends, kids) consistently and following Christ constantly--no breaks there. Go big or go home.
- Anything else you’d like to say to wish Mark Happy 50th Birthday!
I hope you have a fantastic 50th birthday. You've impacted so many people throughout the years that you are sure to be collecting many treasures in heaven. Your method of more is 'caught than taught' is great way to do discipleship and ministry. It's a lifestyle, not career, and you've taught me that you can bring people, all different kinds of people, into nearly every aspect of your life and show them the love of Jesus is deeper than ever.
Keep on rocking it in Atlanta! I hope those sweet boys of yours grow to be teenagers who understand truly how cool their dad is!
All the best and KEEP HOPE ALIVE!!