Blessings in the Lord! My name is Mark Manning. I’m the proud husband of Heather Manning and father of our three amazing boys: Mark Thomas, Jacob, and Joshua. I currently serve as the pastor of Searchlight Ministries of Orange County, CA. I am greatly blessed by the opportunity to shepherd this wonderful congregation. What a joy it is to worship and to grow together each week in our knowledge and love of Scripture!
I grew up in a joyful, faith-filled home in Vacaville, CA. After high school, I attended Concordia University in Irvine, CA. There I met my lovely wife, Heather. Graduating with a B.A. in Humanities, I headed off to Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO., where I received my Masters of Divinity in 1998.
My life is wonderfully busy as I juggle my church responsibilities with loving my wife, going to Disneyland (my oldest son's favorite place!), coaching my middle son's Little League team, and taking my youngest son to acting class. God has blessed me immensely, and I am so thankful to be His child.
I have a passion for learning what the Bible has to say for me and for my congregation. The church has sanctioned me to study, study, study and to bring to them what I've learned from that research. For the past few years, part of my own personal challenge has been to take the time to study the Old Testament and glean from it all that God wishes to communicate through this important section of the Bible. I now see so much more in Scripture than I ever realized was there. When I began to ask deeper questions, and really stretched myself to grasp all that God's Word has to say, the details started leaping off the page and my love for the Biblical narrative went off the charts. In sharing these insights with my congregation each week, I have realized the importance of putting this material into book form for others to study and benefit from. The devotions you will read in my upcoming books will breathe fresh air into some of the more well-known stories of the Bible, as well as bring you into close contact with stories you may never have read before. Hopefully, like the two men on the road to Emmaus, your heart will burn within you as God opens up Scripture to you. May it come alive as never before, and give you the hunger and desire to learn all that He has to say!