Mark & Marcie Harris
Mark & Marcie, together with their sons Dylan and Caleb, have an integral role in the life of the EM Community. Mark brings years of training and experience in Spiritual Formation and Marcie's authentic, fun-loving spirit adds a sense of play and adventure to EM's activities.
In 1992, Mark left behind dreams of working for NASA to begin his missionary career in Mali, West Africa. For six years, he worked to develop student ministries on university and high school campuses in the capitol of Bamako. During that time, Mark began to notice the lack of opportunities for national believers to be equipped for ministry. Feeling a call to help meet that need, Mark returned to the US for more training. He enrolled at Columbia International University, receiving an M.Div in Christian Education and there happened to meet Marcie. They were married in 2001.
Marcie has her M.A. in Intercultural Studies. In 2003, the Harrises returned to West Africa. Serving primarily among the Malinke church, they cast vision for God's work and equipped leaders to guide the church into that work.
In 2009, Mark was introduced to the concept of spiritual formation, the process through which believers are helped to grow in Christlikeness. Through the spiritual disciplines and perspectives, Mark begin to grow in intimacy with Christ, and God began to transform his life. Mark realized that for effective, sustained ministry, other leaders also need the same type of intimate and transformative relationship with the Lord.
Four years later, Mark, Marcie, and their two sons joined East Mountain to lead the spiritual formation component of the community. Mark is currently pursuing an M.A. in Spiritual Formation from George Fox Evangelical Seminary while he continues to shape East Mountain's programs in such a way that each believer is given tools and guidance to connect relationally and meaningfully with God. Marcie's social nature and intentionality in building friendships extends East Mountain's network while also encouraging relationships within the community to go deep. The Harrises are a dynamic part of the East Mountain team.
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