Rev. Mark Junkans - Executive Director
Rev. Mark Junkans serves as the Executive Director of LINC Houston, a holistic and multi-faceted organization working to restore communities throughout Houston Metropolitan area. He attended San Jacinto College and graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. During this time, he led a Spanish-speaking congregation as a lay-pastor with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and helped to begin several others. He also began his own construction company as well as a music production company and recording studio.
In 2002, he was called as the founding Executive Director of LINC Houston. Under his leadership, LINC Houston has grown exponentially to become an effective and holistic model for restoring under-resourced communities. This innovative combination of church multiplication, leadership development and community building has proven to be a sustainable and effective way of reaching and empowering whole communities with the love of Jesus. Under his leadership, 35 new churches have been started in 15 different languages. Over 80 individuals are trained annually for ministry and leadership among their own communities and over 18,000 clients are served and empowered through holistic programs that include basic needs, training and affordable housing.
Mark is a frequent speaker at churches and organizations as well as national conferences and events. His knowledge and experience in building a sustainable and grass-roots faith-based organization are highly sought after throughout the country. He serves on several boards and committees both locally and nationally and frequently travels internationally to conduct leadership training and organizational consulting. He has helped to begin many 501(c)3 organizations as well as several for-profit and social ventures.
Away from work, Mark likes to spend time with his wife Natalia and his three beautiful daughters. An accomplished endurance athlete, Mark regularly competes in running, mountain biking and triathlons. He is most passionate about issues of equality, justice and proclaiming the message of Jesus' love for all.