Matt Shull

Matt Shull

  • How long have you known Mark?50 years
  • Three words to describe Mark: compassionate, caring, confident
  • If Mark created a nickname for you, what is it and where did it come from?

    I do not think Mark ever created a nickname for me except his most :awesome big brother." Does that count?

  • Funny memory with Mark:

    Mark will think this is funny (but probably not Mike). When we were kids, Mike would always look for someone to play with, usually it was me. We would play army men or cars in the sand box. One time, Mark decided he would finally sit down and play with Mike (keep in mind Mark could never sit still-which is probably why our parents tied him to his bed every night with rope; of course that is a story for another time). Anyway, Mike is very excited to finally have play time with Mark. He spent over an hour setting up everything so that it was perfect for the two of them. It does not happen often, so Mike wanted to make sure everything was just right. Mark sits down with Mike for about 10 minutes, gets bored, then leaves. Mike just sat there staring trying to figure out why he left. That situation tended to happen often-never gets old. The other funny moment (again at Mike's expense), was whenever Mike would tell a story at dinner, Mark would pretend he never heard him and would tell the same exact story. Of course everyone would laugh at Mark as if Mike was not there. Poor Mike, he is probably scarred for life. Of course there was nothing but love in the house.

  • How has Mark impacted your life?

    Mark has impacted my life in so many ways. I have always admired Mark for his commitment to Christ and for his devotion to his family. It is something I have tried to emulate in my own life. He is one of a kind!

  • What do you think Mark’s legacy will be? What is his lasting imprint on the world?

    Mark's legacy will be the positive impression he makes on everyone who he comes in contact with. I will never forget when Mom passed away how many people came to the showing because of Mark. He had been involved in Young Life for I believe just over 10 years. I swear every person in Young Life over the 10 years they interacted with Mark, came to pay their respect-for Mark. He has the ability to make you feel good about yourself and life in general.

  • Anything else you’d like to say to wish Mark Happy 50th Birthday!

    Mark, I hope you have a great 50th. You are only as old as you feel. I am sure those kids of yours will keep you feeling young! I am very proud of the man you have become. You are an inspiration and I am glad you are my brother. I love you (make sure you give Chris a special hug and kiss-this is a really nice way to celebrate your birthday with you!)