A native of Connecticut, USA, Pastor Finley serves as Assistant to the President of the General Conference, appointed at the 2010 General Conference Session in Atlanta. Prior to this he became a vice president at the 2005 General Conference Session in St. Louis, after serving nearly two years as general field secretary at the world headquarters, directing the Center for Global Evangelism. As assistant to the president he continues to work with evangelism and television as his primary portfolio.
Evangelism is where he made his mark on the world, presenting more than 200 evangelistic campaigns around the globe in about 100 countries with the resulting baptisms numbering in the thousands. His best known association is as a television speaker for the series Experience Hope a weekly broadcast of the Hope Channel; for 14 years as speaker for the It Is Written telecast; and he became a pioneer of satellite evangelism technology when he launched the first NET evangelism satellite series broadcast in North America in1995, and again in 1996, 2000 and 2008. He has preached more than 20 NET series broadcasts throughout the world with millions in attendance.
He has used his preaching and evangelism gifts to teach others in seminars, field schools and evangelism institutes. He has written nearly 100 books as well as numerous seminar presentations, major evangelistic series sermons, teaching manuals and magazine articles. His recorded seminars and series number about 20 and are available for purchase in various media formats. He’s also been principal author of the Sabbath School Quarterly on more than one occasion.
Mark Finley and his wife, Ernestine “Teenie” have teamed up in ministry throughout the years. Teenie is known world-wide for teaching Natural Lifestyle Cooking and has authored a cookbook, instructor’s manual and workbook sharing her down-to-earth approach to nutrition, conducting evangelism training seminars, health expos and cooking classes across the world.
Together they have been involved in Christian ministry for over 40 years-preaching, teaching and offering spiritual growth workshops, conducted over 100 evangelistic series that have spanned the globe with sermons translated into over 50 languages.
In April 2016 the Living Hope Church Growth and Evangelism Training Center was opened in Hay Market, Virginia. From this location pastor Finley and Teenie continue from a central place the ministry they have conducted in over 100 countries world-wide. Classes will focus on the Christ- centered Biblical principles that the Holy Spirit has guided him into in evangelistic proclamation and church growth with younger pastors.
In 2016 alone Living Hope shared spiritual food to over 200 pastors and lay people. The Living Hope School of Evangelism and Southern Adventist University established a Master’s Degree in Comprehensive Evangelistic Outreach and Mission with the curriculum beginning in July 2017.
Together they share a family of three grown children; Deborah, Rebecca and Mark Jr and five adored grandchildren.