Mark Pennington was born and raised outside of St. Joseph, Missouri, and grew up in a small rural Christian church. It was there that he began using his talents and building his musical skills as a vocalist and pianist. By the time he entered high school he was leading worship, playing the piano and the organ, and singing in the choir.
Mark left northwest Missouri to attend Kansas State University where he majored in Speech and Theatre. From there, he went on to become an entertainer singing and dancing with legendary Broadway actress Carol Channing in the national tour of “Hello, Dolly!” and singing back-up for the legendary country & western singer Eddy Arnold. He lived in NYC for thirteen years and performed in clubs, theatres, and on national television, as well as continuing to perform nationally and internationally.
In 1996, Mark returned to the St. Joseph area and again began to apply his music skills in worship as worship director at Central Christian. In 2003, he began leading the contemporary praise service at Wyatt Park Christian as well as planning worship. In 2013, he took over as the Director of Worship and now oversees the worship arts at Wyatt Park.
Mark’s full time job is teaching middle school and high school students in the East Buchanan C-1 School District where he also oversees drama productions. Prior to that, he was a vocal music and theatre teacher at Central High School in St. Joseph.
Mark completed his Masters of Music Education at the Conservatory of Music and Dance on the UMKC campus.
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