Trip Leaders

Dr Mark Francisco

Mark grew up in a loving, stable Christian home on a farm in Saskatchewan and later graduated from Caronport High School (Briercrest Bible College). He attended Canadian Bible College, Brandon University, Canadian Theological Seminary, and Bethel Theological Seminary, receiving degrees of a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry.

Mark and his wife Diane have four grown children, two of whom are married.

In 1980 he began pastoral ministry in Alberta at Sherwood Park Alliance Church. Mark also undertook to direct and teach in the Alliance Bible Institute at that time. He was ordained in 1982 and currently holds credentials with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada.

From 1988, Mark served as the senior pastor at St. Albert Alliance Church in Alberta. In 2001, the family moved to Coquitlam, BC where he now serves as the senior leader at Coquitlam Alliance Church. Over the years, Mark has held various positions, including Chaplain for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Chaplain for the SFU Football team and has served as a member of multiple boards and leadership teams.

Mark is an international speaker who has been captured by the dynamic relationship between the people and land of Israel and the Christian faith. Through numerous trips to study the land, history and culture of Israel, being mentored by notable Rabbinic Leaders plus Mark’s own study of the believers’ Jewish roots, Mark’s life, leadership, ministry and Church have been dramatically impacted. As he acquired greater understanding of the once confusing cultural nuances of Judaism and the Scripture, Mark discerned amazing insights and a gained a heightened commitment to loving Jesus and developing Biblical leaders for the next generation.

Mark is committed to this truth: A firsthand experience of Israel is a spiritual formation and leadership development “must” for every Pastor, Elder, Small Group Leader and Christ follower.



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