Mark Raaker


Mark is blessed to be married to his wife Chrisy for 26 years and together they have nine children; Emily, Zach, Becca, Iana, Bradon, Sara, Baylee, Samuel and Elijah.  Originally from Cincinnati, They now live in Pataskala, Ohio.

Mark and Chrisy have a love for outreach and especially kids programs.  They have been involved in the foster care system since 2000.  Mark has been involved in Upward Soccer and run Upward Basketball leagues.  He has been active in and supports scouting, sponsoring a pack and offering religious programs such as the God and Me and the God and Family program.  He is active in youth ministries both assisting with youth groups and attending youth work camps all over the midwest, concentraiting on south central Ohio.  Mark is a member of the Capital Area South Board of Directors.

Mark holds a BS in Criminal Justice from Xavier University, a Masters of Social Work from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the Army War College.  He is currently enrolled in the the United Methodist Course of Study at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.  He earned certificates in Lean Six Sigma Process improvement and as an  instructor for Living Works as an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer. 

Mark has served in the past as an Associate Pastor at Etna United Methodist Church.  He retired from the U.S. Army after 28 years, attaining the Rank of Colonel.   He has served communities in southwest Ohio as a volunteeer firefighter, EMT and police officer.  

Youth Minister

Deanna Sweazy

Graduate of Cory-Rawson High School

Graduate of Wright State University - Bachelor of Science Business Management-major Human Resource Management

Participant of Servant / Leadership Program- Wright State University

Mission service trips to the following::

West Virginia


North Carolina

International Mission Service  to  Costa Rica / School of San Andreas in San Andreas, Costa Rica

Director Waters Edge Community Center

Robert Beyer

Caroll High School

Columbus Drafting  College- Associates of Science in Drafting and Design/Construction Management

Columbus Technical Institute- Associates of Science/Business Management

Columbus State Community College - Associates of Science/Financial Management

Franklin University - Bachelor of Science in Process Engineering/Business Management

Louisville Southern Baptist Seminary Extension - Boyce Bible - Christian Education - graduate/certificate - 2 year Course of Study

West Ohio Conference Great Commission Leadership Academy - Graduate - 2 year Course of Study

Graduate of New Church Start Boot Camp

Graduate of Nehemiah Leadership Institute

Methodist Theological School of Ohio / United Theological Seminary - Graduate - 5 year Course of Study

Methodist Theological School of Ohio / Almedia University/ United Theological Seminary- Master of Theology/Religious Studies

Attends MSI - Messianic Studies Institute

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