Pastor Mark Grafenreed
Associate Pastor Mark Grafenreed is a native of Memphis, Tennessee but has been a Texan for more than two decades. He came to Texas in 1994 by way of a scholarship to attend Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1998 while playing as a member of the Men’s Varsity Basketball team (3-year letterman). Mark moved to Houston in 2000 to pursue a legal career. He graduated magna cum laude from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 2003 and was licensed as an attorney the same year. Mark worked at several private civil law boutiques where he honed many skills that he uses today.
Mark began experiencing God’s call in 2005 but did not fully respond until 2014 when he entered seminary at Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology. He graduated summa cum laude in May 2018 and received several honors, including “Standard Bearer” (the student with highest academic achievement) for the Department of Theology; the Albert C. Outler Award in Theology; the Charles T. and Jesse James Bible Award; and the Dr. and Mrs. Glenn Flinn Senior Award. He also made history by being the only back-to-back winner of the Walter N. Vernon Student Essay Contest hosted annually by the Texas United Methodist Historical Society.
Mark has a deep passion for the study and creative and imaginative presentation of God’s living Word. His secular career as an attorney and advocate for the marginalized in courts of justice has led to him responding to God’s spiritual calling to be an advocate for Jesus Christ in the courts of the community. Prior to receiving his appointment to the Windsor Village Church Family in 2018, Pastor Mark served three years as a chaplain in the Houston Methodist Hospital System where he completed the Clinical Pastoral Education Residency Program at Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. These ministry opportunities have affirmed that he is called to partner with Jesus Christ, The Great Physician, to be a “physician of souls.”
More important than any these is Mark’s passion and love for his wife, Clynita, and sons, Jackson and Justin. They are gifts that he treasures.