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Above are my wife and siblings. Pictured from left to right: Shawn, Nora, Steve, Lisa, Mark, and Shelly. Below are photos of my wife, Shelly, my son, Ethan, my daughter, Hannah, and my grandchildren: Jayden, Harper, and Fender.

I am committed to preaching God’s authoritative Word and seeking the fruits and gifts of the Spirit for all who attend Burket Bible Church.

I grew up in a Christian family in the Cadillac, Michigan area in the 60s and 70s. In 1985 I married my wife, Shelly. Since then we have had three children: Tyler, Ethan, and Hannah, and three grandchildren: Jayden, Harper and Fender. A fourth is due any day. I am presently an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. My expectation is that I will formally transition to the Global Methodist Church in the very near future. I have pastored several churches prior to coming to Burket: Plymouth Trinity (1989-94, youth pastor), Albion Asbury (1994-98, senior pastor), Hebron (1998-2003, senior pastor), Syracuse St. Andrew’s (2003-2013, senior pastor), North Manchester (2013-2019, senior pastor).

I can point to several pivotal times in my personal walk with God. I recall that I decided to read through the Bible at the age of twelve. It became very apparent to me that I had not been living consistently with the teachings of the Bible, so I made a firm decision to live like a believer, forcing me to make a difficult decision to give up some of my friends. Years later, when attended my first year at Michigan Technological University, I found myself confronted with professors who not only did not believe in the Bible and were hostile toward those who did.

I decided the following year to pursue a Bible degree and attend a Christian liberal arts school, Trinity College (Now Trinity International University). I did not attend so much in order to prepare myself for ministry but to seek answers to some of the central questions of life. Questions such as:

  • Why am I here?
  • Is there a God?
  • How can I know?
  • Is the Bible true?
  • Is the God of the Bible the God?
  • Did Jesus live a sinless life and die for our sins?
  • How can we know He was raised from the dead?
  • Is there a heaven and hell?
  • How can I go to heaven and avoid hell?

I will not go into a great deal of detail regarding my quest, but toward the end of graduating with a master’s degree in Christian Education, from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, I had answered most of my questions in the affirmative. Years later, I attended seminaries that held a critical view of the Scriptures: Christian Theological Seminary and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, in Indianapolis and Elkhart, Indiana, respectively. During that time, I developed a philosophical view of all that is, beginning with the observable universe, and ending in a solid orthodox view of the Bible. As a result of my journey to seek the truth, I have concluded that the Bible consists of the very words of God.

Another experience that had a profound and lasting impact on my life was the intensive prayer and revival services we held in the greater Syracuse, Goshen, and Elkhart areas. These prayer events would go on for months on end, both morning and evening. Both Caucasian and Hispanic churches were involved. During that time I saw God reveal Himself in a manifest way, answering prayer, healing, and pouring out His Spirit on all who would welcome Him. During one of those services the Holy Spirit came upon me, and I will never forget. I experienced the awesome power and goodness of the living God as he filled me with His Holy Spirit. I could know that God is real, not just through reason, but also through my experiences.

I am committed to preaching God’s authoritative Word and seeking the fruits and gifts of the Spirit for all who attend Burket Bible Church. I am currently the Director of North Manchester Rock Solid Teen Center, a nonprofit that I started in 2009. I am committed to starting outreach ministries to youth,  such as youth centers and Christian schools, that have proven successful at making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This world is temporary. All that we do for God’s kingdom, including leading people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, is eternal.

In service to Christ,

Mark Eastway

Pastor, Burket Bible Church

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