A majority vote was received on General Board Mail Ballot No. 1, ratifying the election of Mark Louw as Asia-Pacific regional director. The region’s previous leader, Verne Ward III, was elected Global Mission director in February.
Mark and his wife, Linda, are global missionaries in the Church of the Nazarene, living in South Africa. Mark, a native of South Africa, serves as regional education coordinator for the Africa Region and as the field strategy coordinator (field director) for the 18 nations that comprise the West Africa Field.
“Rev. Mark Louw brings to Asia-Pacific a heart for those people that have not yet trusted in Christ, and a strategic mind that is passionate for discipleship that results in Christlikeness,” Ward said. “Mark brings mission leadership experience and a great desire to serve to the missionaries and districts. He is highly involved in education of ministers and will be a great addition to the educational ministry of the region.
“Mark and Linda have character and talent that will serve the Asia-Pacific Region very well.”
In his capacity as field strategy coordinator, Mark provides leadership through vision casting, leadership development, and strategy coordination of all ministries on the field. He is also the acting district superintendent for Senegal. He previously served as acting district superintendent for Cote d’Ivoire Central (2004-2009).
The primary ministry objective of the Louws is to ensure that all essential elements are in place to help facilitate church planting initiatives across the field.
Prior to their missionary assignment, the couple served as youth pastors at Chico First Church of the Nazarene (1992–1994) on California’s Sacramento District. They later became senior pastors at Gridley Crossroads Community Church of the Nazarene (1994-1999), also on the Sacramento District. Mark, who felt called to missions at 16, was ordained on the district in 1997.
Also in 1997, during the missions service at the General Assembly in San Antonio, Texas, Mark and Linda accepted a call placed on their lives to serve in missions. Feeling the Lord’s release from their pastoral assignment in December 1998, they attended Missionary Assessment in June 1999 and began their Missionary Internship in September 1999.
Mark received his undergraduate education from Nazarene Bible College and recently completed his master’s at Nazarene Theological College, Manchester. Linda is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University and is also a credentialed teacher in California.
The Louws have four daughters: Kathryn, Kirstin, Johanna, and Alexandra.
Prayer is requested for the Louws during this transition.
More information will be posted as it is made available.