Clark Client Spotlight
MARK LARSON - Church of the King: Production Director
Mark Larson was at the peak of his career in broadcast television when Hurricane Katrina struck his adopted hometown of New Orleans. The public television station he'd worked at for 24 years was eight feet deep in water and he was out of a job. That's when he really began to question God's plan for his life.
Looking back, Mark can see how he was being prepared for his role as Production Director at Church of the King, in Mandeville, Louisiana - first with his education in Fine Arts and Tech Theater, then working in staging and directing, and later as the Art Director of a TV station. "The church we attend today, in many ways, is much different than the traditional church I grew up in," he says. "Although I’m grateful for my church heritage, church today is so much more than just a piano, an organ, some pews and a pulpit. We are a theater, a radio station and a TV station and we regularly produce concerts and live/multimedia events that share the Gospel," he adds. The biggest difference between his current role and his last one is that this time he's using his talents “Reaching People and Building Lives,” which is the Vision at Church of the King.
Mark, with his team of full-time and part-time employees and 60-80 volunteers, works very closely with the church's worship team to support the weekend services. He loves that the influx of creativity on the staff allows them to artistically package the timeless message of the Gospel in a progressive and fresh way. Mark's favorite part of his job is "...creating effects that don't exist yet - coming up with the pieces of the puzzle that make the event happen." He also enjoys the fact that he regularly bumps into his sons at work. Two of them are on staff, in the church's technical/media areas, and the youngest has recently begun volunteering with the audio team.
The term "free time" can often seem like an oxymoron for those who work in the "Big C" Church. Mark explains: "As we engage in Kingdom work on a daily basis, the passion for the job is part of the challenge. Many times our passion for what we do extends beyond the normal nine to five." He recognizes that people often do things in their off hours because they're excited about them, and don't mind spending a little extra time doing something that's part of the job. At a certain point, though, he says, "There has to be a balance." That's why, when he's not working, he's careful to engage in activities that require his full attention: hanging out with his two young grandchildren or going on an outdoor adventure with his wife. They especially enjoy canoeing and whitewater rafting.