Mark LaGrone

Mark LaGrone, Small Groups Pastor


Birthday: August 27

Originally from: Memphis

Education background: B.S. from Union University, Jackson, TN • M.A.R.E. in Religious Education from Southwestern Seminary, Fort Worth, TX

Ministry background: Minister of Education and Youth at Second Baptist Church, Arkadelphia, AR • Minister of Education at Thompson Station Baptist Church, Thompson State, TN • Minister of Education at Poplar Heights Baptist Church, Jackson, TN

I started working for CFBC: May 23, 2004

My family: My wife, Janice, and my daughter, Bethany

My role at CFBC: My role is to develop and encourage a ministry of spiritual leadership encompassing Christian discipleship, outreach and small group Bible Study.

Personal Story: I was 7 years old when I accepted Christ as my Savior.  I gave all that I knew of myself to all that I knew about God.  Growing up there were times when I was close to God and times when I drifted, but during all of that God was gracious and full of mercy.  God is faithful.

Favorite book of the Bible: James—it’s where the “water hits the wheel”

Most fulfilling part of my job: Meeting with teachers and helping people go to the next level in their spiritual lives

Places of service available in my ministry: We need people ready to teach scripture with passion.  This could be in the form of a Bible Fellowship Group (Sunday School) or a discipleship small group.  We are always looking for people to develop ministries and help make special events happen.  If you have a willing spirit, we can find a place for you.

Spiritual gifts: Teaching, administration and discernment

My hobbies: Running, triathlons, knifemaking and spending as much time with my girls as possible

I hope heaven includes: Pizza, lasagna (without calories & fat) and great coffee

 The smartest thing I’ve ever done: Outside of accepting Jesus – of course marrying Janice

The best way to pray for me: Pray that God will have His hand on me and my ministry