MEET OUR DEDICATED STAFF
SENIOR PASTOR: JOHN N. BATES
Pastor Bates has been with St. Mark’s since 1998. He received a B.A. from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, with a double major in Religion and Psychology. Pastor Bates received his Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Illinois.
Originally from Kewanee, Illinois, Pastor Bates has lived in Germantown Hills since 1989. He and his wife Pam have two grown children and four grandchildren: Kerra (Tim) McCoskey (Jonah and Evan) and Chad (Joy) Whittington (Lucas and Campbell).
Pastor Bates has taught Introduction to Philosophy, Social Psychology, and World Religions as a part-time instructor at Illinois Central College. He is also a former Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Peoria. Pastor Bates is a member of Washington Rotary and a Paul Harris Fellow. He enjoys golf, biking and water skiing.