Rev. Dr. Mark S. Churn, son of Rev. and Mrs. Charles Churn, Jr., of Englewood, New Jersey, was born in White Plains, New York. He was baptized into the Christian fellowship of the Union Temple Inspirational Baptist Church at the age of thirteen. He attended elementary, middle and senior high school in Englewood, New Jersey.
At the age of twenty, in August of 1988, Rev. Churn was licensed to preach by the Prayer Palace Baptist Church of Brooklyn, New York. His date of ordination, under the auspices of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Association, was February 16, 1992. His preaching itinerary includes, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and California.
Rev. Churn is a graduate of Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, NJ, with a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a minor in Communications. In addition, he is a graduate of Drew University, with a Master of Divinity Degree. Moreover, he earned a Master of Arts in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, with a concentration in Comparative Religions. Further equipping himself for service in public education, he completed a Masters in Education, with a concentration in administration and supervision, from Columbia University, in New York, NY. Most recently (May of 2009), Rev. Churn earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree, with a concentration in congregational growth and development, at Drew University, in Madison, New Jersey.
In addition to ministry, Rev. Churn is also a public educator. He has worked for both the Paterson Board of Education, in Paterson, New Jersey, and the New Brunswick Board of Education, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as a high school English Teacher.
Currently, Rev. Churn is the founding pastor of Total Life Christian Center, one of Virginia Beach’s youngest, innovative and more progressive churches, known for its avant-garde approach to ministry, and its media-driven services.
Rev. Churn’s calling is to be an effective preacher and teacher of the gospel, as well as an innovator in progressive church growth, governance and administration. His most beloved Bible verse is Proverbs 4:7, which declares, “Wisdom is the principle thing, therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting, get understanding.”