The Rev. Mark A. Bernthal joined the ministerial team of Savior Lutheran Church, Vero Beach, Florida, in 2016. Prior calls, all in Florida, include serving as Senior Pastor of St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, Sarasota; Mission Development Pastor of Lamb of God Lutheran Church, Haines City; and Assistant Pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Seminole, Florida.
A native of Winter Haven, Florida, Bernthal completed undergraduate studies at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana. Seminary education began at Christ Seminary/Seminex in St. Louis, Missouri and concluded with a Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina.
Beyond the parish ministry, Pastor Bernthal currently serves on the national advisory board for the Fund for Leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and as a member of the Board of Trustees for Lenoir Rhyne University.
Mark and his wife Cyndi, a Registered Nurse and Clinical Trauma registrar for Lakeland Regional Health, celebrate a family of five children: Luke, Erin, Grace, Nicholas, and Mary.