As an ordained Baptist Pastor of Atlanta Urban Foursquare Church, Mark-Anthony Mitchell is an excellent organizer with over 20 years of experience in leadership and community development. A multi-tasked and highly motivated Pastor/educator with the ability to inspire, counsel, design and implement positive yet effective change in areas severely challenged by socio-economic conditions.
Elder Mitchell is currently from Atlanta, Georgia and a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Elder Mitchell finished his seminary training which began at Dallas Theological Seminary in 1988 in June of 1997 with a Masters of Theological Studies Degree from Harvard Divinity School. He has 6 years of experience in the United States Army serving in Hanau, West Germany and at Fort Bragg in North Carolina as a non-commissioned officer and as a paratrooper. His family consists of his wife Katia Jacquel Mitchell and their three daughters: Jazmin 15, Khamira 12, Imani 6 months and three sons Mark Anthony II 7, Joshua 6, and Isaiah 4.
Though born in Omaha, Nebraska, Mark grew-up in the inner cities of Newark and Plainfield, New Jersey. It was through the ministry of Tom Skinner of Harlem, New York that Mark became a Christian in Newark, New Jersey in 1968. Soon afterward, he joined Calvary Gospel Church in Newark and was a disciple under the able leadership of Senior Pastor Grover Wilcox. Elder Mitchell received his ministerial license from New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia in November of 1993 and was ordained by Bishop Eddie L. Long as a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, January 14th of 1998.
Elder Mitchell has a long history in Inner-City ministry including but not exclusive to:
Navigators Urban Ministries in Atlanta, GA & Minneapolis, MN;
S.T.E.P. (Strategies to Elevate People) Inc. in Dallas, Texas;
Youth for Christ in Decatur, GA;
SAFE HOUSE Outreach Ministries in Atlanta, GA;
Founder and Executive Director of New Birth Inner-City Ministries Atlanta, GA under Bishop Eddie L. Long and extensive inner-city ministry in: North Africa (Morocco); West Africa (Ghana) and the country South Africa.
Elder Mitchell became the founding Urban Pastor of New Birth Inner City Church as an outreach ministry of New Birth Missionary Church in October of 1997 which was comprised of a new church plant and a community development corporation with a 501©3 status with a special emphasis on socio-economic development. Currently Elder Mitchell is planting his third church in the West End section of Atlanta under the auspices of The International Foursquare Church in conjunction with a new community development corporation with a 501© 3 status called “The Jesus 4 Justice Poor People’s Campaign.
Elder Mitchell has gained much of his depth and knowledge pasturing as a sojourner. He has traveled extensively throughout the world beginning upon his enlistment in the U.S. Army with a four-year stint in Europe as a Supply Officer in Hanau, West Germany. Since then his most memorable traveling experiences have been in Africa.
His first sojourn to Africa was in August of 1995. The R.I.S.E. (Rebuilding the Inner City Spiritually & Economically) was a field education program he initiated at Harvard Divinity School. It had just the right mix of components for becoming a positive influence in the lives of inner city students. The pilot project included recruiting Boston’s metro-area youth ages 15-18, for a summer program whose climax included a trip to West Africa, during which students established relationships with West African firms to start a collaborative business in Boston’s inner city.
In January of 2003, Elder Mitchell and a small group of colleagues including a former professional football star and a Clark Atlanta University Professor went on a fact-finding trip to South Africa to experience their political revolution in the embodiment of Nelson Mandela. They experienced firsthand South Africa’s social pandemic of AIDS, which many South Africans saw as a form of genocide. Their mission was to glean knowledge from South Africans on how African Americans and South Africans could co-labor and continually empower one another in their monumental political triumphs and in their perceived war against a systematic, planned annihilation of them as a black African political state.
His last trip to Africa during the summer of 2005 focused on the North African country of Morocco. To him that country came to represent a part of the continent in many ways completely different from the Sub Saharan Africa he had grown accustomed to. In fact, Morocco was more culturally and politically speaking associated with the Middle East as an Arab Islamic entity. As a Minister of the Gospel and a summer school student in a land where the profession of faith for Christ would mean instant persecution, Elder Mitchell openly discussed and introduced the Gospel of Jesus Christ with his Islamic Professors and students on African-Arab campuses across Morocco. He too grappled with misperceived notions and unfair stereotypes of North African – Islamic culture and began to value the unique history of Morocco from French colonization to nationalism to a present day constitutional monarchy struggling with Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism against western culture. Thus fulfilling the Gospel mandate, “becoming all things to all people that we might win them to Christ…”
During Elder Mitchell’s tenure of over 20 years of preaching and teaching the Gospel around the world, by far his most significant endeavor is challenging inner-city residents to renounce their ways of the world and to believe in the vision of the Gospel to better themselves, their families and their community. His vision to all he serves is to reach primarily those in the inner city and beyond with the love of Christ. Thereby bringing people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord while simultaneously establishing effective Christian discipleship and community development programs for suburban and inner city residents.