Mark L. Lastimoso
Was born in Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines on the bright morning of February 22, 1974. His mother, a secretarial major, dedicated him at an early age to the Lord and wanted him to be minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDA). She died of cancer on February 17, 1990. His father, a journalist, wanted him to be a seafarer. He died of cancer on September 29, 1995. Mark finished both degrees in Nautical and Theology to honor his parents’ requests. His only sister, was a missionary to South Korea. She married a Korean national. They have one daughter.
Mark finished his elementary education with honors at Iloilo SDA Elementary School. He began his first two years of high school at West Visayan Academy with honors and finished at Central Philippine University. He obtained an Associate Degree leading to Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation from Iloilo Maritime Academy (now John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University) with leadership awards and as one of the model students. He was also a recipient of a merit award given by the local Department of Tourism. In 2000 he finished his Bachelor of Theology degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Central Philippine Adventist College.
In 1994 Mark was called to the ministry by the Lord through a series of challenging circumstances. He resisted at first, but later decided to give his life for church service. After graduating from Theology in 2000, he became a missionary to Yap Island, Federated States of Micronesia as a Bible teacher. In 2001 he worked as Bible and English language teacher in Bangkok, Thailand. After finishing Master of Arts in Religion at Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS), he accepted a call as Youth Minister for Wantirna SDA Community Church in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He married his first wife in 2004 in the Philippines and settled for a divorce in 2018. They have no children.
In 2006 Mark became the Associate Pastor of Hollydale Community SDA Church in South Gate, CA. His task include pastoring an affiliated SDA Company in Upland, CA while at the same time leading a Bible Fellowship Ministry Group in Westminster, CA. He organized the Amazing Hope Ministries in Claremont, CA and planted an Adventist group there. In 2009 he became the Associate Pastor of Glendale Filipino SDA Church in Glendale, CA. Then he was called to serve as Senior Pastor in 2014 by Hinsdale Fil-Am SDA Church in Hinsdale, IL. In 2017 he worked as chaplain of Graceful Palms Hospice in Palmdale, CA. And in 2018 he worked as an independent minister, free lance digital preacher, and pastor-at-large.
Mark was ordained as a Seventh-day Adventist Minister in 2012 and has served the SDA church for more than 25 years in different capacity as lay worker, volunteer missionary, Bible teacher, chaplain, youth pastor, associate pastor, and senior pastor. Mark has personally led and assisted many precious souls to baptism through Bible studies and evangelism campaigns. He also did mission trips to Philippines and participated in mass baptisms of believers to the SDA Church.
When his life unravelled after experiencing betrayal, deceptions, and abandonment by the SDA conference leaders, he begin to search for meaning of his losses. He was providentially led to an understanding of the One True God and His Only Begotten Son. His study was based on the 1872 & 1889 published declaration of the Fundamental Principles of the original SDA Church. He converted from a trinitarian Adventist to a believer of the Only True God the Father and His Only Son Jesus Christ in June, 2022.
Mark remarried in 2019 and has 3 wonderful young children. They are a heritage from the Lord God Almighty and the Lord Jesus Christ. His wife is a help meet and is a homemaker.
Mark has extensively traveled in many countries and cities around the world as teacher and preacher. He now commits himself to writing, teaching, preaching, and discipling seekers of Scriptures who desire to follow the One True God and His Son Jesus Christ. That their Holy Spirit be not misunderstood and assumed as another separate being or person.
He works as a solo pastor and supports himself by relying on God’s blessings and provisions. He is an earnest seeker of truth and diligent student of the Word of God. Mark adheres to health reformation and promotes the plain, pure, simple presentation of the gospel. He pursues lifestyle of wholeness through healthy plant based diet, regular exercise, moderate exposure to sunlight, research on water sustainability, meditation from the Scriptures, ample rest, and trusting in the power of faith in God the Father, His Only Begotten Son, and their Holy Spirit.
Mark Luceno Lastimoso
Character: Transparent, Honest, Responsible, Committed & Friendly
Skills: Preaching, Teaching, Singing, Managing, Organizing, Leading
Pastor/Founder- MLL MINISTRIES, INC- MARION, SC-2021-Present
PASTOR- TRAVEL LIGHT MINISTRY- LOS ANGELES, CA- 2018-2021
PASTOR – GRACEFUL PALMS HOSPICE- PALMDALE, CA- 2017-2018
PASTOR- HINSDALE FIL-AM SDA CHURCH- HINSDALE, IL- 2014-2017
YOUTH PASTOR- GLENDALE FIL SDA CHURCH- GLENDALE, CA- 2009-2014
ASSO PASTOR- HOLLYDALE COMMUNITY SDA CHURCH- SOUTH GATE- 2006-2009
MISSIONARY- WANTIRNA SDA CHURCH- MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA- 2004
GRADUATE STUDIES- AIIAS, PHILIPPINES- 2001-2004
MISSIONARY- ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL- BANGKOK, THAILAND- 2001
MISSIONARY- YAP SDA SCHOOL- YAP, ISLAND, FSM- 2000-2001
Doctor of Ministry Participant- Andrews University, MI- 2015-2017
Graduate Certificate of Christians Studies- Fuller Theological Seminary-2015
Master of Arts in Religion- Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS) , Silang, Cavite, Philippines- 2001-2004
Bachelor of Theology (Magna Cum Laude)- Central Philippines Adventist College- Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines- 1994-2000
Associate in Marine Transportation (Outstanding Leadership Award)- John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation- Villa, Arevalo, Philippines- 1991-1994
High School- Central Philippine University- Iloilo City, Philippines 1991
Elementary- Iloilo Central SDA School- Iloilo City, Philippines 1987