MARK TRINKL, Lead Pastor

I grew up in a normal middle class family with two brothers and a sister. My parents loved and followed Jesus but I drifted away. At the age of 20 I had a traumatic life-altering event when my brother was killed in a car accident. This shook my world. I tried to grab on to all that the world had to offer but it only crumbled beneath me. Through these circumstances, the “Hound of Heaven” cornered me and showed me how much he loved me. From there, the lights came on, the Bible came alive, and my hunger for spiritual things grew immensely. From there I completed a yearlong discipleship school, spent two years with Operation Mobilization in England, and then returned to the U.S. where through a series of events, I served as a pastor in Wisconsin for 11 years. In July of 2015, God called me to Derwood Alliance Church where I am excited to be in an area that reflects God’s heart for the nations and to be leading an incredible staff and gathering of people who believe that God wants to transform lives, empower them with his Spirt and launch us on mission.

My wife Nami, who is from South Korea, and I have been married for 11 years and have 4 beautiful children.  

On a more formal level, I have a B.S. in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute and a Masters degree from Columbia International University.
Craziest Food Ever Eaten: Dog (Don’t ask but he wasn’t your pet)
Favorite Hobby: Spending time with my wife and children, watching the Green Bay Packers, working out, watching extreme sports and pretending that I am still young.
Favorite Vacation Spot: The Beach – Bring on the sun, sea and sand!