- B.A. Bethel College 1985
- M.A. Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries 1993
- Ph.D. University of Notre Dame 2002
A native of Nebraska and a Bethel College graduate, Mark has lived and worked extensively in Europe. From 1988 to 1991, he studied theology at Humboldt University in East Berlin as part of Mennonite Central Committee's East Europe Study/Service Program. From 1993 to 1996 he worked at resource development for Bread of Life in Belgrade, Serbia and as regional coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee. He currently serves as editor of Mennonite Life, Co-Book Review Editor of Religion in Eastern Europe, and as the North American representative on the editorial council of the volume five of Mennonitisches Lexikon,. He is co-editor with John Thiesen of The Danzig Mennonite Church: Its Origins and History, 1569-1919 (2007). He is author of The Wrong Side of the Wall: An American in East Berlin during the Peaceful Revolution (1993) and Mennonite German Soldiers: Nation, Religion and Family in the Prussian East, 1772–1880 (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010).