MARIETTA — Mark Somers has recently been called as pastor of Noonday Baptist Church in Marietta. Previously he served Cassville Baptist Church in Cartersville for seven years and more recently Community Baptist Church in Bunnell, FL.
Somers, a native of Palatka, FL, is a graduate of Stetson University in Deland, FL and Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, where he earned Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees.
Somers testifies, “God spoke to me while I was fishing with my dad in June of 1983. I went home that night and my parents shared with me the Gospel. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior at the age of ten and was baptized at First Baptist Church of Palatka.
“God continued to teach me his wonderful truth as I began reading His Word. As I went through middle and high school God provided many leadership opportunities to enable me to grow in my faith. At the age of 18, God spoke to me and clearly told me to ‘preach the Word and shepherd My church.’”
Since Somers started his ministry at Noonday church members contend that God has begun a fresh, new work at the church. A new vision for the church has been established: ‘Up, In, Out.’ The new emphasis focuses on three major points – worship Him, Follow Him, and Share Him.
Attendance has steadily increased, first-time guests are visiting the church each week and there is a spirit of excitement that permeates the church fellowship.
Several members have affirmed Somers with words of encouragement. Shirley Fisher commented, “Pastor Mark has jumped in head-first and is treasured by our church. We are blessed to have him in our lives.”
Sue Little explained, “Noonday has always been a loving church and Pastor Mark has encouraged and enhanced that through his example of love for all people. His messages are scripturally-based and focused on Christ’s love for us. God has truly blessed Noonday by sending Pastor Mark our way.”
Richard Walden added, “Recently, we had two deaths in our Noonday church family; both were somewhat unexpected. I watched Pastor Mark minister to both families with love and compassion. He truly has a pastor-shepherd’s heart and we are richly blessed to have him as our Pastor.”
Walt Durden remarked, “Pastor Mark is the people-person Noonday has needed. He not only preaches a scripturally-sound sermon, but he meets our people where they are and ministers to their needs. He is a very visible and available shepherd to his flock at Noonday.”
Mark and his wife, Leah, have seven children: Lacey, 15; Lauren, 13; John Mark, 10; Luke, 7; Micah, 5; Elijah, 3; and Noah, 2.