Ordained in 1985, Pastor Mark Brocker has served as the lead pastor of St. Andrew since September 2005. Prior to coming to St. Andrew, he served for five years as lead pastor at Trinity Lutheran in Tacoma, Washington. He has also served congregations in Decatur, Illinois, Franklin Grove, Illinois, and McMinnville, Oregon. His internship was in Juneau, Alaska.
In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, Mark has taught occasional classes in theology and ethics for Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley since 1998. Mark serves on the board of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) and chairs EMO’s Theological Education and Dialogue Committee. He served as volume editor for Conspiracy and Imprisonment 1940-1945, volume 16 of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, and as co-editor for Ecumenical, Academic, and Pastoral Work: 1931–1932, volume 11, and for Theological Education at Finkenwalde: 1935–1937, volume 14. He is the current president of the International Bonhoeffer Society—English Language Section. His book Coming Home to Earth is scheduled for publication in 2016.
Mark received his B. A. in philosophy from Pacific Lutheran University, his M. Div. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and his Ph. D. in Theology from the University of Chicago Divinity School.
Mark and his wife Donna were married on September 10, 1977. They have six children and four grandchildren. Donna works part-time as a teacher’s assistant in special education for the Beaverton School District. Son Isaac (35) and his wife Jenny and their three children, Avari, Dean, and Amity, live in Portland. Isaac teaches science with middle school students at St. Francis Earth School. Rachel (33) and her husband Andrew live in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where Rachel, an ordained ELCA pastor, works in admissions at Gettysburg Seminary. Matia (29) and her daughter Penelope live in Hillsboro. Hailey (21) works as a CNA at Salem General Hospital. Luke (20) works for Nike. Hailey and Luke were adopted from Liberia, West Africa, in 1997. Our youngest, Mary is an 11th grader at Beaverton High School and was adopted from Sierra Leone, West Africa, in 2002.
Mark and Donna have been contributing members of Bread for the World since their college days at Pacific Lutheran University. They also support the Mt. Barclay School Project in Liberia.
The Brocker family enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and cross country skiing. Mark also enjoys fly fishing with Isaac. While they are all avid Blazer and Timber fans, Mark has a special passion for the Green Bay Packers.