Mark Jones serves as Children’s Pastor for Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, OK. Mark is very creative and enjoys writing resources from his own experiences and needs within his ministry. He leads teachers for over 400 preschoolers and children in Sunday School and Children’s Worship and teaches Bible Skills, Drills and Thrills each Wednesday.
Mark has served as the Childhood Ministry Specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma providing training and resources. He has worked in Nashville, TN as a Childhood Ministry Specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources, and still serves as a writer and field specialist today. Mark is a sought-after national speaker for Preschool & Children’s Ministry because of his experience, humor and practical training that conferees can use immediately in their classrooms. In his spare time, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife, Connie and four kids, and riding motorcycles with his dad.
Mark has earned a BA from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, a MA(RE) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently working on a doctoral degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Mr. Marks Classroom:
This website began as a monthly email newsletter called the “Top Ten Tips in Childhood Ministry” from Mark Jones, Childhood Ministry Specialist at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. In order to get childhood ministry ideas, updates, and event information to churches in Oklahoma, Mark and his team began collecting ideas and email addresses from childhood ministry leaders, teachers and workers. In January 2009, he began sending this monthly newsletter and within the next two years, this “little” idea exploded to include over 3000 people across the United States, all receiving monthly tips from Mr. Mark and his team.
This email method was great, but Mark sensed that there might be an even better way to equip and encourage people working with preschoolers and children. In August of 2011 Mr. Mark’s Classroom launched as a blog and resource website to share ideas and stories. Mr. Mark has expanded to include video training and podcast (audio training). The website has been an effective resource for those serving in other states, countries, or denominations. All tips and resources are available in a printable handout format to make for easy distribution to preschool and children’s teachers and leaders in other ministry areas. Anyone can easily receive these free ideas by simply signing up on the homepage.