Dr. Mark King – Church Administrator of the Year

Please note that Dr. Mark King was introduced at Annual Conference on Friday afternoon.

Mark King AnnouncementDr. R. Mark King, CCA has been named the recipient of the Maurice Saucedo Award as Church Administrator of the Year by The Church Network.  He will be presented the award at the 60th Annual Conference of The Church Network being held at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.

The Saucedo Award is the highest award given by The Church Network (TCN) to an active church administrator. It is named in honor of Maurice Saucedo, a career chapel management specialist with the United States Air Force and the first executive director of The Church Network (formerly known as the National Association of Church Business Administration). Saucedo, known as “Maury” to his CBA friends and “Spike” to his Air Force colleagues, died suddenly in 1974. He was named a charter member of the Church Management Hall of Fame in 1983.

Mark’s selection was based on his contributions to his church as well as other churches in administrative areas, his service to TCN, his service to his denomination, and his service to the community and other forms of Christian service.

He received his BA from Gardner-Webb College in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, a MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky; and a DMin from Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2002, he completed a MBA from Pfeiffer University in Charlotte and eventually completed his fifth and final program with a MAcc from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Mark has been ordained as both a Baptist pastor and a United Methodist elder. He has served two Baptist congregations as pastor: First Baptist Church Oakboro and Zion Baptist Church Shelby, both in North Carolina. He entered the world of church business administration at St. Stephen United Methodist Church in Charlotte and has served three additional congregations as CBA and/or executive pastor: University City United Methodist Church in Charlotte, Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, and Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. Mark has just recently been named Conference Treasurer/Director of Administrative Services for the Western North Carolina Annual Conference and will be assuming that position in mid-July.

Mark has served in a variety of denominational and volunteer capacities including vice-president, Council on Finance and Administration, Western North Carolina Annual Conference; chair of stewardship committee, former member of Board of Directors, United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina Annual Conference; president, Board of Directors, Bethlehem Center, Charlotte; president of the Western North Carolina Conference United Methodist Church Business Administrators; and president, Charlotte-Metro Chapter, The Church Network.

Mark became a member of The Church Network in 1990 and was certified in 1992. He has attended over a dozen national conferences. He has served as president of the United Methodists of TCN. He currently works with The Church Network in developing an Executive Pastor Network that supports and networks executive pastors.

Mark is married to the former Patricia Bradley and together they have three children Joel, Ashley, and Meredith.

The Church Network is a nonprofit association whose purpose to serve the Church by advancing professional excellence in individuals serving Christ through administration in local churches. The association promotes education programs, seminars, workshops, and conferences and serves as a network for leaders in all areas of church administration.