Mark Theissen

Biblical Counselor / Ordained Minister


Mark was born and raised in Rapid City, SD. By the time he was in high school his interest in guitar, and song-writing was firmly established. It was during his junior year of high school that he realized church attendance (or any other "religious activity") didn't make him a Christian. Consequently, he made a personal decision to trust Jesus Christ to come into his life. After high school, Mark went to the University of South Dakota as a history... no wait.... music major. While at USD, he was involved in Campus Crusade for Christ services as student mobilization leader from 1978 to 1980. Since then, music and ministry have been important facets of Mark's life. He has led or participated in praise and worship for Campus Crusade for Christ, Scope Ministries, and currently at CLM and First Evangelical Free Church. He also counsels and teaches at CLM and was ordained through Grace Community Ministries in 2005.


Favorite verse: Psalms 16:2 “I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”
Favorite books: The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings - I use to read them once a year in the fall.
Music/Artists you love? The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons Project, Vaughan Williams, Ennio Morricone, Paintings by Paul Henry, and some Gustav Klimt
Top 3 movies: Casablanca, Enchanted April, An Ideal Husband
Favorite places: Ireland, San Francisco
Traveling wishlist: Eastern Europe, Cruise the Danube, The Black Sea
Most people don’t know… Ruth Peck only pretends to like Bob Dylan