• Academics

  • Mark O. Wilson

    Adjunct Professor of Spiritual Formation

    Ministerial and Professional Background

    Mark has served since 1991 as senior pastor of Hayward Wesleyan Church, a thriving small town congregation in the Wisconsin northwoods.  Not only has the congregation grown significantly under his leadership, but it has also multiplied through church planting and revitalization efforts.  Well over 1000 people attend their family of six congregations in northwest Wisconsin.

    Active in Native American ministry, Mark serves on the Wesleyan Native Board and his congregation partners with The Shack, a missional community on the LCO (Ojibwe) Reservation.

    Mark has a special ministry of encouragement to pastors in small communities.  He travels widely speaking at retreats, conferences, camp meetings, revivals and other gatherings.  He also teaches practical ministry courses through the Wesleyan FLAME program, with a particular emphasis on evangelism and pastoral ministries.

    Personal Information

    Mark and his wife, Cathy, have five children.  His hobbies are fishing, guitar, nature, blogging, and historical research.

    Ordination

    The Wesleyan Church, 1987, Pacific Southwest District

    Education

    B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University, Christian Ministries
    M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Theology, Christian Formation and Discipleship

    Publications

    Filled Up, Poured Out: How God's Spirit Can Revive Your Passion and Purpose, 2012, Wesleyan Publishing House

    Purple Fish: A Heart for Sharing Jesus, 2014, Wesleyan Publishing House.

    Mark also blogs regularly (www.revitalizeyourchurch.blogspot.com) and writes a weekly newspaper column, "Positively Speaking."  His articles have appeared in numerous publications including Leadership Journal, Rev! Magazine, and Pastors.com.