CRESTVIEW — Lifepoint Church lead pastor, Mark English, has accepted the position of senior pastor at Christian Life Center in Bensalem, Penn. The church recently honored English's 20 years of service with a sendoff celebration.

Kathy Barrow, in church administration, provided the following information on English:

Pastor Mark English answered his call to ministry at the young age of 18 when he enrolled into Southeastern Bible College of the Assemblies of God. English completed his studies there with a bachelor’s degree in church administration.

In 1991, English married Christy Castner and together they have followed the call of ministry. Both served in youth ministry at Burlington Assembly of God in Burlington, N.C. for two years. In 1995, English returned to his home church, Lifepoint Church, formally First Assembly of God, to serve as associate and youth pastor. Three years later he accepted the role as lead pastor.

English has served Lifepoint Church as lead pastor for the past twenty years. During that time, English has seen the congregation grow to approximately 1,000 people every Sunday. Through mission, he has served in 28 countries and is on a variety of International Boards including the Assemblies of God Mission board and has lead as Presbyter for the last several years, which oversees 13 other Assembly of God churches.

Out of love for his community he initiated the Independence Day Celebration, Orphan 5K, Soup Kitchen, Miracle Missions Sunday, and launched multi people into the mission field. English has a heart and passion to see individuals come to know Christ and fulfill their purpose in Him.

English has recently accepted the position of Senior Pastor at Christian Life Center in Bensalem, Penn. Although he and his family will be sorely missed at Lifepoint Church, we look forward, with great anticipation, to what the Lord has planned for them and His kingdom