Pastor Mark Huffman has been called as the new permanent pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. His first Sunday as our pastor will be November 24th. We are very excited for his arrival! Please take a moment to get to know him by reading the information below.
Pastor Huffman grew up in Bethesda. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and earned a Master of Divinity Degree in Parish Ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus Ohio. He also holds a Clinical Pastoral Education Residency Certificate from St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee WI, and a Master of Sacred Theology Degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He was ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1988.
He held positions as camp director, youth director and chaplain resident before beginning his parish ministry at St. Martin Lutheran Church in Annapolis. He has been senior pastor at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lutherville, MD for twenty years. Pastor Huffman is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mar-Lu-Ridge camp. He has also served as VP of Lutheran Social Services of MD and is chair of the Delaware-Maryland Synod’s Hunger Task Force.
Pastor Mark is the father of three beautiful daughters-Jodi (25), Brynn (22) and Robyn (17).
In the self-evaluation portion of his rostered leader profile, Pastor Huffman identified five areas of expertise and experience of special note: 1. preaching and worship leadership; 2. pastoral care and visitation; 3. teaching; 4. youth and family ministry; and 5. social ministry.
During a lengthy interview with the Call Committee, Pastor Huffman detailed his commitment to, and experience in, the areas identified by the members of Good Shepherd as our priorities. The hallmark of his ministry is sharing the good news of God’s grace for us in Jesus. His experience includes development of youth programs including VBS, Sunday School, confirmation and youth groups. He especially identified the importance of hospital, shut-in, grief ministry, pastoral care, and prospective member and inactive member visitation. He leads adult Bible study as well as periodic multi-session courses on various topics. Pastor Huffman is experienced in both traditional and contemporary worship. He has played a central role in the pre-school at his current church both in assisting with administration and in frequent interaction with the children. He has involved youth and adult members in many social ministry activities. He has established strong stewardship and evangelism programs. Pastor Huffman considers himself the CEO of the congregation and is involved in all aspects of ministry and church life.
Here is a link to his sermon at Good Shepherd from August 25th. Click here to listen and click the play button.