Our Pastor

Pastor Mark Tatum is thrilled to be ministering at Anaheim SDA church and in the Orange County community. He grew up in the La Sierra community of Riverside, California, going through the Adventist Christian school system there. He graduated from La Sierra University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree Religious Education. From 2005-2008, he taught Bible and Spanish classes at Mesa Grande Academy in Calimesa, CA. He married his wife, Jimena, who hails from Argentina, in the summer of 2006. From 2008 to 2011, Mark and Jimena went to Andrews University in Michigan, where they worked on Masters Degrees in Divinity and Social Work, respectively. Mark graduated with his “MDiv” degree in 2011. In August of that year, they returned to California, where Mark served as a Pastor at the El Centro SDA church, as well as taught Bible classes at Calexico Mission School. They welcomed son Josiah into their family in 2013, followed by daughter Jocelyn in 2015. In late 2016, the family came to live in Orange County and serve in the Anaheim SDA church. The kids will soon be attending Sunrise Christian Preschool, which is a part of the Orangewood Adventist Academy system.
Pastor Mark loves reading a variety of genres, discussing fascinating topics, getting out into nature, and making music on his guitar. He loves the Lord supremely and has no other goal than helping others find the same fascination and beauty in God: through His creation, His will as revealed in the scriptures, and His self-sacrificial love as exemplified in the life of Jesus Christ, His son.
Pastor Mark is interested in getting to know you, too! Feel free to contact the church office via phone or e-mail to schedule a meeting or home visit, or drop in during office hours (see church calendar for this week’s times).
May God bless you as we seek His will together, and walk in the light of His salvation.