Mark was born into a Christian family and raised in Texas. Growing up in a pastor’s home, Mark had exposure to many pastors. At age five, he accepted Christ and a few years later felt called to be a pastor (preaching his first sermon at age 12). While serving in the US Air Force at Goodfellow AFB, Mark met his wife Ginger at church. Mark and his wife Ginger were married in 1996 and have four children: Reagen (19), Kennedy (17), Lincoln (15), and Madison (12).
Mark is a graduate of Liberty Theological Seminary and began serving in full-time ministry in 1997. After serving in San Angelo, TX for fifteen years, the Riggins family moved to California in 2011 where Mark served as an Associate
Pastor at Encounter Church in Ventura, CA and then Lead Pastor of Calvary Church in the Bay Area (Los Gatos, CA). As a family, the Riggins enjoy camping, traveling, and conversations around the dinner table. Mark is a painfully devoted Dallas Cowboys fan.
The Riggins family is grateful God has chosen to “bring them home” and join the LifePoint family. Mark is honored to succeed PG’s 32-year faithful leadership as Senior Pastor at LifePoint. Mark’s prayer is that God would bring a spiritual renewal resulting in more people discovering the hope of Jesus!
Introduction of Pastor Mark Riggins
Prayer for LifePoint's Future
Two of LifePoint’s board members will be leading our church family in prayer throughout this process. As God has directed Pastor George to retire, God will play a key role in hearing our prayers throughout this process. We cannot express the importance of your individual prayers enough toward our combined interest in finding the ideal candidate to continue the LifePoint legacy.
Prayers for the Senior Pastoral Succession Plans
Lord we lift PG and our church up to you in prayer. We are so thankful for the 32 plus years that PG has led our church. He has blessed us with his heart, energy, love for Christ and for everyone in our church. He has guided us to realize the church vision and to carry it out. He reminded us that it’s about relationships. First and foremost to love God, then love one another to grow the kingdom inside and outside the “walls”. We lift up PG, Sheryl, and their family as they transition into retirement and pray that you give them peace. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
We pray for the church family. We pray for perseverance to follow the Lord’s leading during this transition process. We pray that the church realizes there is no such thing as the perfect pastor (just as we are not perfect). Help us to keep Christ at the center of everything we do during the transition into the future. Lord, you see the changes we are going through with this time of transition. We pray that as a family of believers we would have unity in the Spirit. Help us as one body to work through the changes that are taking place with peace and love. Help us to rejoice in praise during these times as a church family, and remember you do all things perfectly. In your Loving Name, Amen.
Father, we thank you that you are with us during this time of transition and succession. Give our leaders, our Staff, our Board, Pastor George and Sheryl and the Riggins Family insight and wisdom as they seek to know your will and purpose for our church. In Jesus name, Amen.
Lord, we thank you for helping us find our new pastor Mark Riggins. We pray that you will give him and his family a heart for our church, for the community, and for the needs of this area. We pray that Mark and his family will be used greatly in God’s purpose for our church. We pray that the new pastor and his family will be accepted and have peace in the transition. We ask you to bless Mark and his wife Ginger. We also ask you to bless his teenage children Reagen, Kennedy, Lincoln, and Madison. We pray these things in Jesus name. Amen.
Ongoing Prayers Throughout the Transition Process
- Pray for the LifePoint family that God will comfort and encourage us with this leadership transition.
- Pray for the Feisers as this change becomes a reality, not just a message from God.
- Pray for our staff as they continue their usual activities and ministries.
- Pray for the LifePoint church family to all stay together in unity.
- Pray for a smooth transition for the Riggins family.
Scriptures to Support the Transition Process
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -- Jeremiah 29:11
“Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance...” – Philippians 1:18b-19
“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.” – Psalms 90:17
Until now, LifePoint’s Board of Directors has quietly led the church through critical decisions in the background, mostly unknown leaders to the church. The decisions they help make behind the scenes guide the senior staff, which includes budget approvals as a fiduciary responsibility, HR guidance in LifePoint processes, real estate decisions, accountability for LifePoint goals and objectives, and strategic plans.
At this critical juncture, we are making the board more accessible across our church family so you can be heard and part of this process. They invite you to ask questions, express concerns, provide input and most importantly, pray, pray, pray!