Pastor Price is the Senior Pastor or Head of Staff at St. Paul's. As a
pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, his primary
ministry activities are centered in Word and Sacrament. In pragmatic
terms his priorities include preaching and presiding at the various
worship services of the congregation, ensuring that the sick
and homebound are receiving appropriate care and regular visits from the
deacons, and our Parish Nurse, teaching and leading the Jr. and Sr.
High Youth groups, leading a variety of Adult Education programs, and
overseeing the staff of the congregation.
Pastor came to St. Paul's on November 11, 2005. Prior to serving St. Paul's he served as Senior Pastor of First Lutheran, Kearney, Nebraska (2002-2005), Senior Pastor of St. Timothy, Lakewood, California (1996-2002), and Pastor of St. Mark, Columbus, Ohio (1990-1996). He graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio and was ordained a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on April 7, 1990. Pastor received his bachelor's degree in history, from California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California, and he is a graduate of Lutheran High School, La Verne, California.
Pastor is a fifth generation Californian. He is married to Lisa (Phillips), a native of Bexley, Ohio and a graduate of Ohio State University. Lisa is an Education Specialist with Aspire Benjamin Holt. They were married on October 8, 1994 and they have been blessed with four children, Luke, Katie, Drew and Nick. Together Lisa and Mark enjoy dating and traveling, playing with their children, dinners with friends, and taking walks in the vineyards. They also enjoy attending and participating in the various events of which the children are a part. At various times apart from the church, one might observe Mark volunteering around town as an assistant park and rec soccer coach, cub scout den leader, or classroom volunteer. Pastor enjoys a variety of sports and despite being married to an Ohio State Buckeye he is an avid fan of USC football.
Pastor has served the ELCA in a variety of capacities including, terms as Synod Treasurer and as the Ecumenical Representative for two bishops. He has served on executive boards for Lutheran Camps, Lutheran Schools, Synod Worship, and Lutheran retirement homes and care facilities. He also is a facillitator for Healthy Start which is a mnistry that seeks to help pastors and congregations who are new to each other have an excellent and healthy first year of ministry together.