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Mark E. Lail was selected as the Executive Vice President for the Nazarene Foundation by Board election in March 2012. He provides dual executive leadership for the Foundation and for the Church of the Nazarene, where he has served as Director of Stewardship Ministries since 2008. Prior to his Stewardship assignment, he was a Nazarene pastor for over 20 years, most recently at the Fishcreek Nazarene Worship Center in Ohio.
"The partnership between the Foundation and Stewardship Ministries is an opportunity to bless each local church with current and long-term funding resources as we partner to fulfill the mission of the Church of the Nazarene, 'To Make Christlike Disciples in the Nations,'" says Foundation President Ken Roney.
Lail believes that the Foundation is an important piece of the puzzle for funding many Nazarene ministries and sees this as an exciting partnership with unlimited potential for maximizing local church giving. He is honored by the expression of confidence that the Foundation Board and President Roney have placed in him.
He serves as chief operations officer for the Foundation with responsibility for oversight of office operations and donor and institutional planned-giving development for local, district, and general Church ministries, with the goal of long-term ministry sustainability.
He is a graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary. Lail also holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Spiritual Formation and Church Growth from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has served in several positions including district treasurer, district Sunday School Ministries chairman, and instructor for the Nazarene Bible College extension on the East Ohio District. He has served on several boards including the Church of the Nazarene Foundation, the East Ohio District Advisory Board, the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Board of Trustees, the East Ohio Board of Ministerial Studies, and the East Ohio Board of Ministerial Credentials.
Lail and his wife, Ruth, live in Ottawa, Kansas, and have five daughters, two grandsons, and one granddaughter.