Mark Gillmore had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home, hearing the gospel almost daily. As a young boy, he realized his need of a Savior, and clearly remembers asking Jesus to save him from his sin. Even though he was 3 years old, he remembers the joy of being forgiven and is thankful to have never had doubts about his salvation since that time. In 2nd grade, he surrendered to serve the Lord and has been burdened for missions ever since, and has had the opportunity to travel to Africa 4 different times, participating in church planting movements there. Since his time in college, he has been increasingly burdened to see God use him in reproducing church planting movements.
He began his formal music training at age 3 with violin lessons, then added trumpet in 5th grade. His trumpet teachers have included Thomas Dvorak, Douglas Lindsey, Joe Gray, and Kevin Wood and has had coaching with Alan Miller of the Indianapolis Symphony. He has taught trumpet and violin in the Falls Baptist Music School since 2011 and helped start the New Song music program as a senior high school. During college he had opportunities to perform under the direction of Rick Hynson and Daniel Van Gelderen and continues to perform since graduating in 2016 with a double minor in Missions and Music.
Mark has his pilot’s license and enjoys flying when he has the opportunity. He also enjoys reading biographies and military history, spending time with family, and the great outdoors. He loves teaching his students how to learn and develop character through their studies and wants every student to know how his life fits into God’s plan to reach the world.