Mark Batterson

D.Min. ‘12

Pastoring an innovative church and writing books that resonate

Mark serves as lead pastor of National Community Church ( in Washington, D.C. In 2008, the church was recognized as one of the "Most Innovative and Most Influential Churches in America" by Outreach Magazine. The vision of NCC is to meet in movie theaters at metro stops throughout the D.C. area. NCC also owns and operates the largest coffeehouse on Capitol Hill. Mark and his wife, moved to Washington, D.C. in 1994 to direct an inner-city ministry. He has served as lead pastor of National Community Church since 1996. Under his leadership, NCC has grown from a core group of 19 people to one church with 10 services at seven locations.

He is not only a highly sought after conference speaker, but also the author of the best-selling books: The Circle Maker, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Wild Goose Chase, Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity, Soulprint and All In.

Mark is married to Lora and they live on Capitol Hill with their three children: Parker, Summer and Josiah.