Mark Shoemaker

I was born in the spring of 1987, in a suburb just outside of Chicago.  From a young age I heard the truth of the Gospel from my parents as well as through the Sunday School and AWANA programs at church.  At a young age I put my trust in Jesus. As I grew older, I realized the significance and sacrifice of this decision. God used retreats, youth conferences, mission trips, and the daily spiritual deposits from my family to grow my love for God.

In those years, God was also giving me a passion to work with youth full time. I saw how imperative these years were and I wanted to dedicate my life to seeing junior high and high school students grow in their commitment to Christ. In pursuit of God’s calling on my life, I attended Moody Bible Institute where I earned a Bachelor’s in Bible with Youth Ministry emphasis. Upon completion, I continued my education at Moody Theological Seminary, and three years later graduated with a Masters of Divinity.

After a few years of interning at Bethel, I came on as Youth Pastor in the summer of 2011. It has been a joy and honor to watch God at work in the lives of these students. I love the community among our leadership team and students and am so thankful for the opportunity to live life with these people.

I met my wife, Sarah, in high school. We dated through college and got married in 2009. We have a daughter, Norah, and son, James. My favorite thing to do in my free time is to spend time with Sarah and the kids. We love to go to Lake Geneva and spend the day by the water (in a boat if possible) and eating widgets (Widgets are an amazing, donut-like snack. This alone is quite possibly worth the drive). The Chicago Bulls are my team and always have been. I enjoy campfires, BBQ, ice cream Twix, Montrose Harbor, playing guitar, Wrigley Field, road trips, slip and slide kickball, Good Harbor Beach, and a good cup of coffee.

Director of Groups
Mike Greenwood