Reverend Mark Santostefano has been the Pastor of The Worship Center since its inception in 1986 and is well known for his keen and insightful ability to teach the biblical truths of Scripture from many approaches. He began his journey with Christ while in the Air Force during the 1970’s, where he met Jesus through a friend. During that time, he also became a member of The Navigators, a discipleship ministry. In the course of time he also obtained his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Mark’s practical yet enlivened teaching style makes Jesus easy to relate to. In a time when common sense is fleeting and the good news of the kingdom of God becoming so watered down, Mark doesn’t waver from the wonder, wisdom, and power of the work of the Cross. The listener is left to conclude that there is a responsibility to God, ourselves, and each other within the scope of God’s kingdom and the world around us.
Beyond preaching on Sunday mornings, Mark provides compassionate and wise pastoral counseling for those struggling with their faith in God, makes visits with those confined to their homes, hospitals beds, hospices, institutions, or prison cells. He performs services for baby dedications, water baptisms, weddings, funerals or memorials, and other important life celebrations and ceremonies. He is also the leader of TWC’s Worship Ministry, the Men’s Discipleship group, hosts men’s retreats, and has written a number of bible study guides to help people grow personally with God.
Mark is most comfortable being out and about in public places to either work on his sermon series, do pastoral counseling, post daily devotions on Facebook, or share the good news of salvation through Christ with total strangers over a cup of coffee. He loves the community and regularly meets with a group of other area pastoral ministers to pray for the advancement of God’s Kingdom through the Gospel of Jesus. His love of the outdoors often leads him to prayer walks and hikes. Other hobbies include nature and wedding photography, marksmanship, and many other interests.
Mark is the devoted husband of Judy Santostefano and loving father of four adult children, and loves spending time with his granddaughter Nina.
If you are in need of pastoral services or ministry, please visit our Pastoral Ministry page, or call the Church Office at 860.228.4442
Building Team & Property Maintenance
Pat & Torre Skjerli
Shirley Hewett, Head Greeter
Tim & Denise Casey, Hospitality / Outreach Team and P.O.D – email
Mark & Susan Albin
Neil & Jill Swenson
Children’s Sunday School Administrator, Matt LaPlaca
Nursery Coordinator, Judy Santostefano
Stephen Ministry, Pete Morse, Professional Chaplain & TWC Board of Elders 860.267.4969, Patti C. Dunne M.A. Pastoral Counseling, Board Certified Associate Chaplain,860.377.4064 – email
Worship Team Leaders, Sharon Gonyaw, Christopher Page, Carol Simpson, Steve Sleeper – email
Men’s Discipleship Group, Pastor Mark Santostefano – email
Women’s Life Group Leader, Sharon Gonyaw – email
Next Steps, Dwight Ketelhut
Prayer Fire, Steve Sleeper
Prayer Shawls , Lisa Yopp
The Open Door, Rob Labrecque – email
Lydia Abu-Rahmeh – email