SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (VVNG.com) – At the recent San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting held on January 9, 2024, the community of Hesperia was notably represented by Pastor Mark Graham, who led the gathering in both prayer and the pledge of allegiance.
The Senior Pastor of Abundant Living Family Church High Desert in Hesperia brought a message of hope and leadership guidance to the session.
First District Vice Chairman Paul Cook kicked off the meeting by introducing Pastor Mark Graham to the attendees. In welcoming Pastor Graham, Cook expressed his pleasure, saying, “Abundant Living is a striving community that is extremely connected in the High Desert Community, serving over 500 families weekly.”
Over a span of 15 years, Abundant Living’s dedicated teams, with the support of programs like New Hope reentry, have reached over 70,000 individuals. The church provides meals for the housing insecure, support services for the recently incarcerated -then-released, as well as offering personalized service plans for probationary youth to set them on the right path that lead them towards educational opportunities, from high school to higher education.
The collaborative efforts of the Abundant Living Family Church High Desert and the Public Defender’s Office have not gone unnoticed. Their achievements in enriching lives and enhancing community safety were honored by the National Association of Counties with an award in the criminal justice and public safety category.
Pastor Mark, a graduate of Purdue University and former corporate executive at 3M, has dedicated his life to ministry work. His leadership extends beyond the church walls; he is a Commissioner for Behavioral Health in the First District, contributes to the San Bernardino District Attorney’s Commission, and serves on the Behavioral Health and Community Justice Consensus Committee.
During his prayer, Pastor Graham sought divine guidance for the council, saying, “I pray for God to bless them and to guide them in their leadership of the County of San Bernardino and its residents. I pray for the safety and peace of this nation, as well as for the men and woman of the Sheriff’ Department and local police departments that serve our community here in San Bernardino County as first responders.”
(YouTube Video from the Church’s Website)
The pastor’s roots in the faith-based community run deep. Before moving to California in 1997, he and his wife Kendra were Michigan residents, becoming members of the Abundant Living Family Church in Rancho Cucamonga upon their arrival. His leadership skills shone as he served as Youth Pastor before founding the High Desert branch of the church in February 2009, focusing on making a tangible impact on the High Desert community.
For more information on Pastor Mark Graham and the Abundant Living Family Church High Desert, located at 17555 Mauna Loa St, Hesperia, CA 92345, interested parties can visit https://abundantlivinghd.com.
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