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From a posture of humour, creativity and fun, Mark Griffin has been serving for over three decades in every province of Canada, all over the United States, Europe and Australia. His heart is to develop and encourage people in leadership, in relationship, in networking, in business, in the local church, in organizations; wherever he can facilitate destiny, bringing hope, declaring life.
Mark has been married since 1988 and has four kids; two of the three adult "kids" currently live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the other is in Bath, England. Prior to settling in Calgary for three years the family spent four adventurous years living and ministering in Germany. Mark has spent the entirety of his career as a vocational minister and coach; traveling, speaking, pastoring, training leaders, helping plant churches and doing missions. Mark has also been a ghost-writer authoring 3 books and many scripts for television. In the summer of 2017 Mark began to travel full-time once again - something that has been a pleasure and passion of Mark's since his earliest days of work and ministry. Having a family history filled with Southern-Ontario circuit riding preachers Mark's heart has been stirred to travel in this current season.
The Griffin family emigrated to America in the 1630's from Wales, settling initially in the Chesapeake Bay area then later in Flushing, NY. During the next 150 years this pioneer Quaker family moved north to Pennsylvania and then further north to the Canadian frontier as United Empire Loyalists, claiming loyalty to the King. While founding the Ontario communities of Smithville and Waterdown the Griffin family was active in the underground railroad assisting many slaves to freedom. The family was also blessed to see dozens of Baptist and Methodist ministers sent into ministry, many successful business owners, doctors, farmers, lawyers, and a number of politicians as well. Ancestor Walter H. Griffin was involved in the world's first long-distance telephone calls between Mt. Pleasant (Brantford) and Paris, Ontario. Mr. Griffin was directly involved in those calls since at that time he operated the telegraph office which furnished the power supply and telegraph lines to facilitate pioneer telephone technology for Dr. Alexander Graham Bell.
In the early 20th century, Orley Burgess Griffin (Mark's great grandfather) moved his family to Los Angeles, California looking for a fresh awaking of faith. He had a profound experience of "Spirit baptism" at the Asuza Street revival being baptized in the spirit at the historic Apostolic Faith Mission on Asuza Street in LA. Subsequently all of his children encountered a similar "infilling" experience at Angelus Temple under the ministry of fellow Canadian Aimee Semple McPherson. Teenager George Griffin (Mark's grandfather) soon moved
back to Canada where he pioneered his first church at age 17. The boy preacher preached on the streets of Brantford and the beaches of Lake Erie before going off to Bible College in Winnipeg, Manitoba. George B. Griffin had a fruitful ministry teaching for decades at a denominational bible school (EPBC) and years of pastoral ministry. Murray Griffin, Mark's father, an incredible musician, also pastored for nearly four decades before retiring from full-time service.
Consequently, the Griffin name has become synonymous with Pentecostalism in the last 100 years. Mark's ministry reflects the peace and joy that typifies Griffin gentlemen, a disarming sense of humour coupled with a strong teaching gift to navigate the scriptural foundations of Pentecostalism. His communication is often described as "refreshing" and "authentic" because of his conversational delivery and story-telling, illustrative teaching style.