Mark Matlock

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Not to be confused with Mark Matlak.
Mark Matlock
Occupation Author
Motivational speaker
Youth pastor
Language English
Nationality United States
Citizenship American
Alma mater Biola University
Genre Christian literature
Subject Youth ministry
Notable works Dirty Faith
Freshman: The College Student's Guide to Developing Wisdom
"Living A LIfe That Matters"
"Real World Parents"
"Raising Wise Children"
"Don't Buy The Lie"
"Smart Faith with JP Moreland"
Spouse Jade Matlock

Mark Matlock (born 1969) is the Executive Director of Youth Specialties and the founder of WisdomWorks Ministries.[1] He is an ordained minister[2] and youth pastor[3] who lives in Dallas.[4] He coauthored the book Dirty Faith with Audio Adrenaline.[5] He also wrote Freshman: The College Student's Guide to Developing Wisdom.[6] In this book, Matlock gives the following definition for wisdom: "the human capacity to understand life from God's perspective"; in the book Lost in Transition: Becoming Spiritually Prepared for College, Tommy McGregor praised Matlock's definition for recognizing that "true wisdom comes from God."[7] Matlock spoke at the 2006 Creation Festival, the world's biggest Christian music festival.[8] He also spoke to an audience of 11,000 Christian youth at DCLA that year.[9] In 2011, he spoke at the Nazarene Youth Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.[10] Mark is the main speaker and founder of Planet Wisdom, which has featured Chris Coleman, Mercy Me, The Digital Age, Addison Road The Swift, The Skit Guys (Eddie James & Tommy Woodard), Fred Lynch, Sean McDowell and Heather Flies. [11]


  1. ^ Eddie James; Tommy Woodard (2005). Instant Skits: Using Improv to Create Memorable Moments in Ministry. Zondervan. ISBN 0310265681. 
  2. ^ John Hall (October 28, 2002). "Many teens dabbling in psychics and the occult, youth study finds". The Baptist Standard. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ Shannon Baker (January 24, 2002). "Youth ministers challenged to color outside the lines". Baptist Press. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ Cary McMullen (December 28, 2001). "Youth group kid hits it big with Christian pop group". The Gadsden Times: C7. 
  5. ^ "Native Roman's article included in publishing ministry's book". Rome News-Tribune: 8A. November 19, 2003. 
  6. ^ Mark Matlock (2005). Freshman: The College Student's Guide to Developing Wisdom. Colorado Springs, Colorado: NavPress. ISBN 1576837297. 
  7. ^ Tommy McGregor (2007). Lost in Transition: Becoming Spiritually Prepared for College. Tate Publishing & Enterprises. p. 74. ISBN 1602475229. 
  8. ^ Courtney Lee (February 2, 2006). "28th Annual Creation Festival Coming Up". Christian Today. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ Pauline J. Chang (July 1, 2006). "11,000 Youth Hail 2006 DCLA Celebration". The Christian Post. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Matlock makes his mark at NYC 2011". Nazarene Communications Network News. July 10, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
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