During his youth pastor days in Darien, Connecticut over twenty years ago, Mark Orr began praying with his leadership team that the FCA ministry would get a foothold in Fairfield County and New England. In January 2015, Orr begins his tenure as FCA’s Northeast Regional Board Pastor. “It’s exciting to be a part of something I’ve been praying about for a really long time. Sports are massively influential. Darien High School is one of the smallest high schools in the state, but they annually win multiple state championships. I thought FCA would have tremendous impact in the lives of our kids here because they are sports crazy. The work of reaching students and coaches for Christ through sports excites me.”
Orr served in youth ministry for 30 years, with experience in both church and parachurch settings. In the mid 1970’s and early 1980’s, Orr served as an Area Director for Young Life in Beaver County Pennsylvania, and as a Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist in several school districts. From 1984 through 2005, he served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adult Ministries on the staff of Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien, Connecticut. Mark now serves as the Executive Director of REACH Youth New England, Inc. and as the New England Regional Coordinator for the National Network of Youth Ministries. He also serves as Pastor and Ministry Team Leader at Calvary Baptist Church in Darien, CT.
Orr’s responsibilities as FCA Board Pastor include providing spiritual encouragement to board and staff members, leading board devotionals, and helping FCA partner with the Church. During Orr’s thirty years in ministry in New England, he and his colleagues have built an extensive network throughout the region that is grounded in communication and trust. He will use that network of over 750 youth workers and churches to increase FCA’s presence and partnerships with churches.
As a “connector and encourager” for multiple ministries throughout New England, Orr has witnessed a powerful movement of God when churches and youth ministries pray and work together. Orr views the various ministries — the local church, FCA, Young Life, Youth for Christ, Campus Crusade, etc. — as each being a piece of the puzzle, a part of the Body of Christ, and he hopes to continue to encourage ministries to work together and pray together to unite in what God wants them to do. Orr said, “My emphasis is on prayer, support and making connections between ministries. Before we try to build strategies of ministry, we must keep the focus on where the power is: prayer.”
Orr received his BS in Management Science and Organizational Behavior from Penn State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller and Pittsburgh Seminaries in 1984. He has completed his course work for the Doctor of Ministry Degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston.
Mark and his wife, DJ, reside and Norwalk, CT. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.