Things have gone well here – hard to believe we are at the end of the school year! A fitness class for church staff has continued all year long with about 10-12 ladies participating – mostly from our day school but with a few church staff also.
I also have seen a real difference in how our teachers are approaching their students – they are giving them more time to run and get the blood flowing in the midst of the day – that has been helped by having a new playground also with more and safer running room.
A lot more Fitbits and more staff utilizing the Vitality Wellness program as well. So all in all the work you did with us back in August has sparked a healthier team and it is impacting the way many are approaching their classrooms and spheres of influence!
I am so thankful for the way this all has permeated our culture.
Thank you so much!
— Pastor Peter Couser, St Paul Lutheran, Fort Worth, TX
“Mark engaged our entire church and school staff in a fun, challenging and wonderfully enriching learning experience about the brain. His knowledge about how the brain functions has not only helped us to become more effective teachers, but has helped us to personally live healthier and richer lives. I can say that from the youngest student in our school to the oldest staff member of our church, we were impacted by Mark’s teaching which immediately was put into play.”
— Pastor Ron Pennekamp, St Paul Lutheran, Lakeland, FL
“Probably the best presentation we’ve had at our Circuit. As a practitioner at heart, I want to do the things that actually work. Part of being a good theologian is becoming knowledgeable about people and what makes them tick.”
— Jim Mueller, Texas Pastor.
“Mark is an excellent presenter who has the unique ability to incorporate current research, practical applications, and true participant engagement. From Early Childhood to High School, our District teachers thoroughly enjoyed his workshops.”
— Sally Hiller, Deaconess; Executive Director for Congregational Outreach and District Operations; Southestern District, LCMS
“I thought your Exercise/Diet/Play/Brain presentation was so well done that I skipped out on what I had picked to go to afterwards, just to hear your presentation on play. Well done, all around!”
— Mike Vasilie, Illinois Teacher
“Thanks again Mark for a very interesting and applicable presentation. Your interest and passion in this area of study came through and made your presentation powerful.”
— Pastor Craig Bode, Trinity Lutheran, Fort Pierce, FL; Circuit Visitor.
“What you share is gold and has huge implications well beyond personal health. It has helped us to be as effective as possible with the time we have every Sunday with our people.”
— Travis Hartjen, Texas Pastor
“Thanks much Mark. It was a fantastic and engaging presentation!”
— Pastor Dean Pfeffer, Hope Lutheran, Plant City, FL
“Mark presented at our recent District Educators Conference. He was truly outstanding.”
— Mark Brink, Executive Director of School Ministries, Florida Georgia District
“You were a tremendous speaker at our District Educators Conference on Friday. Your delivery was super uplifting and powerfully motivating. Can’t wait to read the book! Thank you for sharing.”
— Nikki - Teacher in Central IL District. LCMS
“It was great to have you present to our teachers. I heard many favorable comments from the attendees. You can count on my endorsement to anyone who wants to hear it.”
— Glenn Goeres, Ed Exec, Central IL District. LCMS
“The workshop was fascinating and very helpful in evaluating not only how we live our lives and care for our bodies (and brains), but also how to intentionally plan education and worship experiences.”
— Pastor, East Wentachee, WA

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