Dear District Family,
The District Advisory Council is pleased to announce that Dr. Carla Sunberg has appointed Dr. Mark Lindstrom as the new district superintendent of the North Arkansas District. To read Dr. Sunberg's official announcement, please click
Dr. Lindstrom was raised in a small town in western Kentucky. He responded to the call to preach at eighteen years of age and attended Trevecca Nazarene University, where he met his wife Kelly Purnell. After graduating in 1996 with a degree in Pastoral Ministries, he attended Nazarene Theological Seminary, completing the Master of Divinity degree in 1999. While pastoring growing churches in TN and AR, he finished the Doctor of Ministry degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2006.
Mark and Kelly are no strangers to the North Arkansas District having served as lead pastor at Bentonville Community Church of the Nazarene from 2003 to 2010. For the last 8.5 years, Mark has served as the lead pastor of Grace Church of the Nazarene in Columbia, TN. Under his leadership, this congregation has seen numerical and spiritual growth, completed multiple building projects, planted a new church, and served as a resource for other churches on the MidSouth District.
Mark and Kelly have four children: Ivan, Peter, Norah, and William. Please keep this family lifted up in your prayers. Dr. Lindstrom will assume responsibilities on January 1st, and we could not be more excited to have them back serving on the North Arkansas District!
The District Advisory Council wishes to thank every pastor and local church leader that supported this search process. Your prayers and participation in the survey and focus groups were invaluable to our work.
We appreciate Dr. Sunberg and USA/Canada Regional Director, Dr. Bob Broadbooks, for their excellent guidance and careful oversight.
Finally, on behalf of the entire district, we offer our sincere gratitude to Dr. Randy and Debbie Berkner for their excellent leadership and unswerving commitment to Christ and His Kingdom! The future is bright and there truly are "great days ahead" in North Arkansas.
North Arkansas District Advisory Council
for a video announcement from the DAC.