The Rev. Mark A. Bernthal has served as pastor of St. Armands Key Lutheran Church since 2009. His prior call was to serve at Lamb of God Lutheran Church, Haines City, Florida, a congregation he first began when he was called as a Mission Developer by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in late 1989. He also previously served as 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 has served several terms as Conference Dean in the Florida Bahamas Synod, ELCA and on multiple synodical committees, including the Synod Council and Executive Committee. Bernthal was a delegate to the ELCA’s 2009 Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Currently, he serves on the national advisory board for the Fund for Leaders of the ELCA.
Mark and his wife Cyndi, a Registered Nurse with the Trauma Department of Sarasota Memorial Hospital, celebrate a family of five children: Luke, Erin, Grace, Nicholas, and Mary.