Pastor Mark Winder
Pastor Mark Winder and his wife Michele have been married for 26 years, and have three children ages 17 to 23. Before entering the pastorate, Pastor Winder worked in Philadelphia, PA as a regional Communications, Help, and Training Coordinator for an international food service company, and then as a business administrator for one of his suppliers.
Mark served a multi-year internship in an Orthodox Presbyterian Church, was ordained as a ruling elder in 2002, and as a minister in 2003. He served as pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and then as pastor of Providence Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Alabama from 2004 to 2010. In September of 2010, he and his family moved to Collierville, Tennessee to plant an Orthodox Presbyterian Church in our community.
Mark is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, and serves as the Chairman of the Home Missions Committee of the Presbytery of the South of the OPC. He enjoys being a contributor to The Reformed Forum, particularly on the Proclaiming Christ podcast. His hobbies include playing ice hockey, reading, gardening, and working on his old – and new – Subarus.
Mark writes: “I’m excited about what the Lord is doing here in Collierville. Ministering in the ‘Bible belt’ has its challenges. Many folks have heard about the Bible all their lives, but many more have heard little of it. Getting back to the fundamental teachings of God’s Word is my passion, and I can’t wait to share it with the community.”
Mark’s background – his journey to the Reformed Faith – includes time in independent Baptist churches, where he served as an evangelist, and the Reformed Episcopal Church. “I thank the Lord for the wide background he’s given me,” Mark says, “it helps me to understand the perspective of folks from many denominational backgrounds and walks of life. It also enables me to be aware of some of the elements of misunderstanding about the Reformed Faith that some might have been exposed to. I love what I do, and I love the rich heritage of the biblical approach to Scripture that the Reformed tradition brings with it. That’s something I love to share!”
Pastor Tom Champness
Pastor Champness served as the pastor of Redeemer Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Doraville, Georgia (an Atlanta suburb) for over 35 years, retiring from the full time pastorate in the fall of 2010. He serves as moderator of Wolf River’s session, and his wife Jean and son Paul attend Wolf River Presbyterian Church.
Pastor DeLacy Andrews
Pastor Andrews is the Regional Home Missionary of the Presbytery of the Southeast, and has three decades of pastoral experience.