Rev. Dr. Mark E. Sommers

I have been the Senior Minister at DeWitt since 2008 and I am excited about what God is doing in this 205 year old congregation.  I believe that we have an incredible opportunity to connect people with Christ and to help people develop a real and vital faith that is transformational through the power of community.

As someone who did not grow up in a church family, but whose life was radically changed by the youth ministry of a local church, I am passionate about DeWitt being the kind of church that accepts people exactly where they are and loves them for who they are.  I believe that God’s spirit challenges us to continual growth and to serve others.  God works in us and through us as we open ourselves to His spirit.

Five things you may want to know about Mark

  • An avid fan of both Syracuse and the University of Michigan athletic teams.

  • Loves cycling and rides each summer for a week with a group of friends covering somewhere between 300-600 miles

  • Not a great golfer, but keeps on trying

  • Loves anything to do with water; sailing, boating, kayaking, & baptizing people

  • Political junky & active reader of presidential biographies

Favorite things:

Movies:  The Big Chill   Food: Lobster Mac & Cheese

Music:  Chicago

Education: Anderson University •  University of Michigan • Central Seminary • Northern Seminary


Wife: Kathlyne, Human Resources Director

Daughter: Laura, Scientist with the US Geological Survey

Two Dogs:  Abigail – Pug, BO – Labradoodle