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Mark Gregston

Mark Gregston

Mark is the founder and Executive Director of Heartlight, a residential counseling center for struggling teens. He is also the host of the Parenting Today’s Teens radio program, heard on over 1,650 outlets, and spends most weekends leading parenting seminars. A grandparent to four, Mark has been married to his wife, Jan, for 42 years. His background in Young Life, the local church, living with over 3,000 teens, and helping thousands of parents has provided the experience to speak and write to the issues surrounding today’s contrary teen culture.

Mark attended Oklahoma State University and Tulsa University, where he received a degree in Finance with emphasis on real estate investments. His love for teens and their families began as a leader with Young Life, and as a Youth Pastor at First Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He later became a Young Life Area Director in Branson, Missouri, where he lived at Kanakuk Kamp. Following their seven-year stay in Missouri, Mark moved his family to Longview, Texas, where they founded Heartlight, a residential counseling facility for 60 struggling teens. Since Heartlight’s beginning in 1989, over 3,000 families have sent their teens to live at the Heartlight program. He continues to be involved with Heartlight as the CEO.

Mark taps into his expertise gathered from working with Young Life, living at a Christian sports camp, his time as a youth pastor, and as a licensed child care administrator to write articles through his blog, Parenting Today’s Teens, that now has a readership of over 500,000. He has written hundreds of parenting articles, and has authored several books.

Some of his more popular books are:

  • Leaving a Legacy of Hope: Offering Your Grandchildren What No One Else Can
  • When Your Teen is Struggling
  • What’s Happening to My Teen
  • Parenting Teens in a Confusing Culture
  • Prayers for My Teen
  • Tough Guys & Drama Queens
  • A Look at Adoption from the Other Side
  • Parenting Today’s Teen Devotional
  • Stepping Stones I, II, & III

Mark’s daily and weekend radio features, "Parenting Today’s Teens with Mark Gregston," can be heard on over 1,650 outlets throughout North America. The National Religious Broadcasters recently recognized the radio program by awarding it’s prestigious “Program of the Year” to the "Parenting Today’s Teens" broadcast.

Mark leads weekend "Tough Guys & Drama Queens" parenting seminars throughout North America, and is a frequent conference and retreat keynote speaker. He brings a comforting wit and humor to audiences, as he shares his biblically based and practical experience of dealing with today’s teens, and ushers in an atmosphere of hope as he encourages parents how to deal with adolescents in crisis.

His video series are viewed by thousands involved in small groups, church classes, and parent communities seeking to gain a greater understanding of the today’s teen’s social world, and gather new effective and practical ways to counter the affects this contrary culture is having on their teen. Those series are titled, Dealing with Struggling Teens and Tough Guys & Drama Queens.

Mark is also the chairman of the board of directors for America World Adoption Agency of McLean, Virginia, and most recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Faith Radio group located in Madison, Wisconsin.

 


Books By Mark Gregston

Leaving a Legacy of Hope Vertical Rule 01 Raising Teens in a Contrary Culture DVD-Based Study Kit Vertical Rule 01 Parenting Today's Teens: A Devotional For Dads Vertical Rule 01 Grandparenting Today's Teens by Mark Gregston Vertical Rule 01 Blank Book 180x270 01


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