Pastor Mark W. Love was born and raised in southern Indiana on a farm near the town of Dillsboro, IN. He was baptized and confirmed in the faith at Trinity Lutheran Church in the same town. He is the fifth of eight children.
Pastor Love received a degree in Quantum Physics from Vincennes University, Vincennes, IN (82). He worked in Lincoln, NE on the development and manufacturing of bio/eco/pharmaceutical lab equipment.
In 1988 he received a degree in history and theology from Concordia University – Seward, NE. He entered Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne the same year and graduated in 1992. Pastor Love has almost completed his doctorate of ministry at Concordia Seminary – St. Louis, MO.
He has served as pastor to Zion Lutheran Church, Farmersville, IL from 1992 to 1997, Zion Lutheran Church, Mascoutah, IL from 1997 to 2004 and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Rockford, Michigan from 2004 to 2015 where he accepted the call to Trinity Lutheran Church. During these years Pastor Love served as Secretary (1993-1999) and Vice-President (1997-2004) of the Southern Illinois District, Field Education Supervisor for seminary students and Vicarage Supervisor and as Circuit Visitor of the Grand Rapids Circuit (2006- 2015).
Pastor Love served as a contributing author and associate editor for the Lutheran Study Bible. He has authored various devotionals and just finished work on a commentary for Concordia Publishing House. His hobbies are vegetable gardening, photography, and enjoying microbrew beer.
In early 1994 Pastor Love met his wife Diane and they were married on January 1, 1995. Diane is from Champaign, IL. She is a graduate of Concordia University – Chicago, Illinois (Elementary Education). She is currently teaching at Our Savior Lutheran School in Grand Rapids. She has also been a brokerage securities agent and office manager. Her biggest hobby is baking.
The Lord has blessed them with three children: Natalie (1996), Seth (2001), and Isaac (2003). Natalie is a student at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI majoring in art illustration and advertising. Seth and Isaac are in High School at Toledo Christian.