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Q & A With Elder Mark Farrell

 wbc-MarkFarrell-081314-1How long have you been a member of Wheaton Bible Church?

We have been attending WBC for fourteen years. We moved to Wheaton in 2000, and we were looking for a church home. After the first week here we so appreciated Pastor Rob’s preaching—straight from the Word—that we stopped looking anywhere else.

Describe a memorable experience since you’ve been at Wheaton Bible Church.

Julie and I were trying to think of just one most-memorable experience at WBC, and we came to the conclusion that there are too many to name just one. Whether it was packing food for Feed My Starving Children, participating with our kids in the Building a Christmas Memory event, or being part of the Good Friday family service, all the memories we came up with involved serving or worshiping together with our kids. We are so thankful for the opportunities the church provides for families to serve God and worship Him together.

How long have you been an Elder?

I am new to the Elder board and just started serving in February of this year.

What are the most challenging/rewarding parts of being and Elder?

The most rewarding part of being an Elder is that every month I get to read a report of all the different ministries going on at the church. Until I became an Elder, I had no idea of the vast reach of Wheaton Bible Church. Our ministries and outreach affect the lives of so many people in DuPage County and around the world for Christ.

The most challenging part of being an Elder is realizing the weight of making decisions that affect so many and keeping a humble heart before God in that process—always seeking His direction for our church in every aspect. Please be praying for me as I seek God’s leading on behalf of our church.

Tell us a little about your work.

I’ve been a pilot for Southwest Airlines for thirteen years. I still love my job now just as much as I did thirteen years ago. My favorite part of my job is showing kids around the cockpit before a flight. A Northwest pilot took the time to show me around the cockpit of a 727 when I was nine years old—and from then on I knew this was what I wanted to do.

Tell us about your growing up years.

I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where my parents and two older sisters still live. Dad was an army doctor, and Mom an army nurse. They met at the Presidio in San Francisco, (a historic military base near the Golden Gate Bridge that has since become a national park). Mom was from Minnesota, and when Dad left the military to go into private practice, they moved back to Minneapolis. My parents have been members of the same church for 45 years. They taught me at a very young age the joy of being a part of a body of believers.

Tell us a little about your wife and family.

I am blessed to have been married to Julie for seventeen years. I’m the quiet, shy one, and anyone who knows Julie knows she is neither quiet nor shy. She has been spicing up my life for the last seventeen years! We have four kids we love like crazy: Kyla, age 11; Elie, 10; Ethan, 6; and Adeline, 4.


How and when did you accept Christ as your Savior?

My parents read a children’s devotional story to me every night. In one particular chapter the main character realizes she is a sinner in need of a Savior. Hearing that as a seven-year-old boy, I realized that I, too, was a sinner. That night, right there in my bedroom, I asked Christ to be my Savior.

Do you have a favorite Scripture verse or verses?

Psalm 42:1–2 says, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” These verses forever changed my view of spending time with God. Previously, my quiet time had been something I checked off my to-do list. After memorizing and absorbing the reality of this verse, my time with God became something I longed for and craved. Now when the alarm goes off, there is an excitement to go downstairs and spend one-on-one time with the Creator of the universe!

Can you share a brief story about your life that offers insight about you?

My grandfather was a minister in rural North Carolina. He passed away when I was 13 years old, but he had a profound effect on my view of God. My grandfather’s tombstone reads, “We’ve only one life, it will soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.” Those words represent how he lived every day of his life and the legacy he left for his kids and grandkids.

If you could speak with each member of the congregation, what would you say?

When I was in junior high, my mother would say, “Don’t just sit there, do something.” It was much more than just a mother’s request to turn off the TV and go play. That simple command resonated through my teen years and through college and beyond: Find something worthy of your time that furthers the Kingdom of Christ, and get behind it.

Each month I’m blown away by the hundreds of volunteers who serve Christ in our church, in our community, and around the globe. Whether it is parking cars, settling a refugee family, singing in the choir, or changing a diaper in the nursery, there are hundreds of opportunities to serve Christ through the various ministries of WBC. I would encourage our members to find a ministry that they can be passionate about and to serve Christ through that ministry. He will bring a blessing beyond anything we
could imagine.

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