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Thanks for taking the time to read about me and who I am as a pastor and a person.
First, if you are looking for a place to worship, I hope you will join us. I don’t have the Christian faith all figured out, but I am doing my best. I believe we are better together, with all of our questions and doubts, then we are apart. If you have a doubt or a question about the Bible and faith, I am willing to bet that I have it also. So walk in the doors of Holy Trinity, not because you have a strong faith, but rather you would like to learn about and experience your faith. I hope I can help.
A bit about me personally. I was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton. My parents still live in the house in which they brought me home from the hospital. My wife, Vicky, is from Downers Grove, a Chicago suburb as well, but we met at Lutherdale Bible Camp, in Elkhorn, WI. After high school, I went to Drake University in Des Moines, IA, but enjoyed college a little too much and transferred to Luther College in Decorah, IA. I was a biology major, but after graduating, I went to Lutherdale and worked as a counselor, and then full-time as the assistant director of the ropes course at the camp and led high adventure trips with high schoolers, going rock climbing and canoeing. After meeting Vicky, I thought I should get a “real” job so I went back to school and earned a Master’s in Teaching and taught 5th grade for 2 years and 7th grade science for 3 years. I also coached basketball and volleyball. Through a series of events, and avoiding it as long as I could, I decided that I wanted to be a pastor. I told Vicky what I was thinking, and her response was, “I know. I have been waiting for you to figure it out.” We sold our house, I quit my job and we moved to Dubuque, IA so I could attend Wartburg Seminary. After seminary, I spent 8 1/2 years at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Combined Locks, WI and just came to Holy Trinity in February of 2018.
Those are some details, but here is what I care about.
My family. My immediate family consists of Vicky, and our three kids, Sam (15), Olivia (13) and Micah (11). We are by no means a perfect family, but I think we are a pretty good one. We like to travel and experience new places (Two years ago we were fortunate enough to go to Athens and Santorini, Greece and the region of Tuscany in Italy. I would highly recommend you go. :) )
My faith. I feel like so many of us (myself included) are running around like chickens with our heads cut off looking for meaning and purpose in things that just cannot provide it. For me, faith provides meaning and purpose because I know that I am loved and forgiven, am part of something bigger than myself and I have something to give. I think we all feel that way and want to feel that way. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus gives us that purpose and meaning and is the most complete revelation of God that we have.
The Chicago Cubs. My grandma took me to my first Cubs game when I was young and I have “bled Cubbie blue” ever since. One of the greatest nights was when the Cubs won the World Series in 2016.
The best TV show of all time is Seinfeld. If you don’t agree, you are wrong.
A few of my favorite movies are “The Usual Suspects”, “Fletch”, and any of the first three Jason Bourne movies.
I write a personal blog at www.theintentionalproject.com and if you ever read it, I always end with the same thing. Don’t be a jerk.
Therefore, have a great day and don’t be a jerk.
Mark Donahue is a native New Hampshire resident, born and raised in Dover, NH. He received a BA in Communications from Keene State College in 2010. Mark is an avid reader, golfer, beach-lover, and cheeseburger enthusiast. During the summer, Mark enjoys spending an occasional weekend at his family’s cabin by the lake, kayaking or relaxing in the hammock with a good book.
President: David Smith (January 2016)
Vice President: Cristina Dolcino (January 2018)
Treasurer: Linda Edwards (January 2018)
Secretary: Scott Carson (July 2015; filling out term)
Council at Large: Julie Moore (January 2018), Joan Bauer (January 2017), & Ronald Indorf (January 2017)
Past President: Martha Belanger (first elected January 2014)