Passionately Demonstrating the Love of Jesus
Mark Juanes

Mark Juanes
Pastor of Administration



hometown: Sunnyvale, CA – born and raised

family: my wonderful wife, Alise and two kids: Sydney  and Gavin.

Favorite accomplishment/project since joining staff?
What I enjoyed the most was writing my story out in the newsletter.  It gave people a good way to get to know me a little bit as well as a conversation starter.

One thing people don’t realize about the staff that they need to know?
Working at a church is a lot more fun than I thought it would be.  Some of these people are jokesters in private.

What is your ministry goal?
I have an administrative job so my primary goal is communication, to make sure people know what is going on, what we are all about and what they can do to get connected.  Other than that my goal is to not teach someone a heresy so bad they would go to hell.

Tell us a story of what you’ve seen God do through your ministry:
 I haven’t been here very long so i haven’t seen anything through my ministry yet, but I have loved being around the short-term mission teams as they were preparing to leave and then when they got back.  Hearing about their experiences and seeing their energy has been great.

Beach or mountains? Beach, but not like I am going to turn down a trip to the mountains.

PC or Mac? PC, I don’t have enough style to be allowed into the little iPhone club.

Creative or administrative? take a look at my title and take a guess.  I try to be creative but it is not a gift.

Favorite place for a date? with two kids?  being able to go to Target alone with my wife feels like a date.  But Monterrey is one of our favorite places to go together.

Favorite movie? The original Star Wars Trilogy or any of the Christopher Nolan Batman movies.

Favorite book (besides the Bible)? In fiction it is Ender’s Game.  There are not many fiction books I have read more than once, but that is one of them.  I also think everyone should read A River Runs Through It, great movie, great book.  Theologically, I am really into Francis Chan right now.

What musician are you enjoying most right now? part of me misses my time in SoCal so I have really been into the Soul Survivor style: Matt Redman, Tim Hughes, Beth Croft, Ben Cantelon etc.

What experience stands out to you as the most significantly Spiritual Moment you have had?  When God gave me my purpose and motivation to become a missionary.  Ask me about it sometime, it’s a little tough to explain right here.

We each have been blessed with a purpose in this life, has yours been revealed to you yet?  If so, what is it? To be a great father and to help people grow in their relationship with Christ.

What one thing do you want everyone to know about you? If I am quiet, it is because I am shy, not stuck up.

Suggested Reading List:

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Anything by N.T. Wright
Evangelical Theology: An Introduction by Karl Barth
The Mosaic of Christian Belief by Roger E. Olson
It’s Your Ship by Michael Abrashoff
A Failure of Nerve by Edwin Friedman
Gospel Centered Discipleship by Jonathan K. Dodson
Appreciative Inquiry by David Cooperrider
A Work of Heart by Reggie McNeal
The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard
If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat by John Ortberg
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Invitation to a Journey by M. Robert Mulholland
Devotional Classics by Richard Foster
They Like Jesus, But Not the Church by Dan Kimball