Mark is originally from Northern Kentucky, having been a member of Amity Baptist Church in Independence in the 1960s. Mark came to know the Lord through his family upbringing and a life-threatening disease as a youngster. The experience increased his faith and solidified his resolve. Following a career in broadcasting and owning his own computer graphic business, he and his family relocated from Groesbeck to Ross Township in 2005. He is a Certified Business Advisor and has won national and state awards for his efforts. He now owns Mark Lankford and Associates, and continues to serve as Deacon at First Millville Baptist Church (since 2015). He also works with the youth group in addition to his operational and outreach activities.