Pastor Marks Bio:
Pastor Mark Mata was born in Dallas, TX on April 11, 1970. He was raised in a Christian home with a Pentecostal upbringing. He accepted Christ as His Lord and Savior at the age of 14 under the ministry of evangelist Jimmy Swaggart in Baton Rogue, LA on November 25th 1984 while visiting over the Thanksgiving holiday.
While congregating as a member of Church on the Rock in Rockwall, TX, pastored by Dr. Larry Lea, he answered the call to ministry at the age of 19 yrs of age in 1989. He pursued that call by moving to San Antonio, TX in October of that same year.
He began assisting on the praise and worship team of a new church called Vision of the Rock as a drummer. About a year and a half later, he worked as a youth pastor of that same church. He served in both positions for about 4years. He also assisted in other pastoral duties at that time.
In August of 1993, he accepted an offer, feeling God’s leading, to assist in fulltime ministry as a staffed associate pastor of Lion of Judah Christian church in south San Antonio, founded by senior pastor Jerry Ruelas. During this time, he traveled throughout the state of Texas ministering, with his unique style of preaching and singing, at youth retreats, rallies, revivals, and conferences, and other speaking engagements. Although, he has appeared on radio programs, he has thrived on a local television program, which began at this time and still airs today and has been going on for some 15 years, called “Kingdom Living”. Currently, it airs on PATV and can be seen on Time Warner Digital Cable Channel 20, Grande Cable Channel 19, and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99.
It was while he was serving as an associate pastor that he met his wife, Joanna, who has now been married over 13 years. They have four children: Abigail , Jeremiah , Joshua , and Jayman . He places his marriage and family of highest importance even before ministry. His most enjoyable interests of ministry include: leadership, prayer, worship, and preaching/teaching God’s word. Some of his hobbies include: playing basketball, watching football (Dallas Cowboys), eating out with family, watching the history channel, and reading successories books and other material.
In the summer of 2001, after much prayer, confirmation, and counsel, he felt the call of God to birth a new church after serving as an associate pastor for seven years to take the role of founding pastor. He was released by his pastor, Jerry Ruelas, to start Livingstone Church on the Westside of San Antonio. During that time, he has appeared as a guest on San Antonio’s localTBN several times.
A year and half later, the church moved to the south side of San Antonio where the ministry was for about six years.
In December of 2008, after some needed time to refocus in his life and ministry, he began assisting other churches throughout different denominations by preaching, teaching, and providing other needed help in their respective ministries.
In June of 2009, he began conducting services at his house and is currently holding services at 2746 FRONTIER RD. San Antonio, Tx 78227 in Northwest San Antonio. He has resumed his previous assignment as lead pastor of Livingstone Church with a clearer purpose and vision than ever to “raise leaders at different levels to rescue a generation” (1 Peter 2:4-5)
He has received several ordination certificates from the following ministries and churches: Minister - Vision of the Rock Church (Pastor Michael Mata), Certified Restorative Counselor (The Faith-Based Counselor Training Institute), Licensed Minister - Family Praise Center (Pastor Rick Hawkins), and most recently as a minister of Christ - Church on the Rock International Dream Center (Pastor Renee Ramirez) in Ulvalde, Texas.
Though all these accomplishments have a special place in his heart, his real aim is to hear His master say one day, “well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of the Lord.” (Matt. 25:21b)
One of his favorite quotations is by Winston Churchill, “The price of greatness is responsibility.”