Mark Abel

Pastor Mark grew up in the Ashland-Mansfield, Ohio area.  Grace Brethren Boys was a large part of his childhood.  He graduated from Grace College and Seminary and has been employed as a pastor of Southview Grace Brethren Church in Ashland from July 1997 to January 2021.

He came to Christ when he was 10 years old.  Jude 24-25 are two of his favorite verses because they give purpose and direction to daily living.  Mark is married to his wife Jessica of 24 years and together have three wonderful children: Esther (center), Ruth (left), and Mark (right).  

Mark loves anything in the outdoors especially waterfowl and bow hunting, fishing, and woodworking. 


Mark is currently employed as the Skywatcher Executive Director and believes Skywatchers has the potential to reach thousands of young men with the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ and help them learn to walk closer to Jesus.

To schedule Mark for a speaking engagement or to learn more about starting a Skywatcher unit, contact Mark at