Our Bible Teacher

We're privileged to have Mark Kieft join us in Puntarenas to share from God's Word.

Mark was born in Mexico in 1954. He spent most of his childhood years living in a small town south of Mexico City where he attended a public school. When he was ten his family moved to Michigan where he was forced to adapt to a new culture, climate and educational system.

He graduated from High School in 1973 and began a year-long training with Literature Crusades (International Teams). After training he went to Ecuador for fourteen months before returning to the States to attend Emmaus Bible College.

It was while he was at Emmaus that he met and married his wife, Carol. Together they have three daughters, two of whom serve with International Teams. Their eldest daughters, Tascha and Katherine, are currently studying Spanish in Costa Rica in preparation for joining our Quito team.

From 1979 to 1982 Mark and Carol served with Woody and Su Roland in Bolivia. During their years in La Paz, the Kiefts were involved in church planting, theological education and family counseling.

After returning to the States, Mark and Carol pastored several churches, including a church plant in Detroit. Since 2007 Mark has served as the Senior Pastor of Open Door Bible Church in Belton, Missouri (a suburb of Kansas City). Carol leads several women’s Bible studies and teaches in the church’s ESL program for Hispanics.

Mark has a passion for God’s Word because he believes it changes hearts and lives. He has a passion for cross-cultural missions because it is a Biblical pattern. He is passionate about discipleship because it is within the context of relationship that we see the truth of God’s Word changing lives.

In addition to graduating from Emmaus Bible College, Mark has a earned degrees in Cross-Cultural Studies (BA- Tyndale College), Education (MA-Eastern MI University), and Ministry (MA-Moody Bible Institute). Beside his years of service in Ecuador and Bolivia, Mark has also led teams to Bangladesh, Myanmar, Honduras, Mexico, Germany, and the Dominican Republic.