Pastor Mark

Mark Biehl, Lead Pastor

What do you do?   My time is devoted to pulpit preaching and teaching, vision initiation and development, and pastoral counseling and care.

What do you love most about your job?  I love the opportunity to equip the generations to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. It is a rush to see God’s Word come to life in the lives of men, women and children as the Scriptures are received as the ultimate, undeniable source of freedom, authority, wisdom and knowledge. In addition, I enjoy being able to support other disciples of Jesus in making more disciples across our community and beyond by learning together how to live out God’s truths (both simple and difficult) in daily life.

A little bit about your background?  I graduated from University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. Even before graduation, I realized that God was calling me to shepherd within the local church. During the 20 years that I practiced veterinary medicine, my calling progressively began to drive my life and eventually eclipsed my vocation. In 2003, I sold my practice and entered seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School earning a Masters in General Theology. I completed a two-year Ministry Residency at College Church in Wheaton, IL before accepting the call to pastor at UCC.

Dianne and I were married in 1983. We have three married children and three grandchildren.

What are some of your personal favorites?

  • Books?  When People Are Big and God Is Small – Ed Welch; Future Grace – John Piper; Relationships: A Mess Worth Making – Tim Lane and Paul Tripp; Just Do Something – Kevin DeYoung
  • Movies?  Return of the King, Inception, The Shawshank Redemption, U-571
  • Things to do?  Walking, hiking, camping, learning how to repair everything I break