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Mark Volstad
Pastor of Cristo Salva
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Mark Volstad

Pastor of Cristo Salva

I was born in Chile, South America, as a son and grandson of Alliance missionaries. Our family returned to the United States when my father was given the administrative responsibility of overseeing all Alliance work in South and Central America. I am grateful to God for the home I was raised in. I heard the call of the Lord to missionary service when I was fifteen years old, dedicating my life to full time ministry from that moment on. During my college years I was able to travel to foreign countries in ministry opportunities. These trips added to the vision and call that God was giving me.

I met my beautiful wife, Barb, in Nyack, NY while we were studying for our masters degrees in seminary. We were married in May of 1989 in Chico, CA. We left for South America with our first daughter, Leah, spending a year in Costa Rica and three years in Chile as Alliance missionaries ministering among the Mapuche tribe. Our youngest daughter Lydia, was born in Chile during this time. We moved to Chico in 1997 not realizing that we would be asked to team plant a Spanish speaking church. Yet the Lord saw fit to use us in the replanting of the Cristo Salva Hispanic church in 2000, a ministry that we carry till this day.

For relaxation and fun I enjoy time with my family, working in the yard and small projects around the house, and occasionally getting to see a soccer game on TV. FC Barcelona is my favorite team and Lionel Messi, in my opinion, is the best active player in the world. The one dream I've always had has been to be a fighter pilot. At this point in my life, it will continue to be just a dream.

I am lead pastor of the Cristo Salva Hispanic church. Due to the size of the church and being the only staff member, I have quite a few responsibilities. The preaching, administrating and teaching ministries are regular activities. Besides those, I also lead the worship team until another can serve who is called to that ministry. Our services are Sunday mornings at 10am and Tuesday evenings at 7pm. I also am the secretary of the committee of the Western Hispanic Association of the C&MA and the chairman of the ordaining council of Spanish workers for the Central Pacific District of the C&MA.

I graduated from high school in Nyack, New York in 1979. I continued my education at Toccoa Falls College in Georgia, graduating with a B.S. degree in Missions & Theology in 1985. After this, I enrolled at Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, N.Y where I received an M.Div. degree in Missiology, graduating in 1989.

Interesting Facts

  • I am of Norwegian descent, born in South America, ministering in California to Mexicans.
  • I am a natural blonde.
  • English is my second language.
  • I am starting to like broccoli and I love to travel.
  • I have dual nationality, U.S. and Chile.