A native of Nebraska and a Bethel College graduate, Mark has lived and worked extensively in Europe. From 1988 to 1991, he studied theology at Humboldt University in East Berlin as part of Mennonite Central Committee's East Europe Study/Service Program. From 1993 to 1996 he worked at resource development for Bread of Life in Belgrade, Serbia and as regional coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee. He is author of Mennonite German Soldiers: Nation, Religion and Family in the Prussian East, 1772–1880 (University of Notre Dame Press, (2010) and The Wrong Side of the Wall: An American in East Berlin during the Peaceful Revolution (1993). He is co-editor with John Thiesen of two translations, The Military Service Exemption of the Mennonites of Provincial Prussia (2013) and The Danzig Mennonite Church: Its Origins and History, 1569–1919 (2007). He currently serves as the North American representative on the editorial council of the volume five of Mennonitisches Lexikon.
- A Comparative Analysis of Church Conflict: An Introduction to Wilhelm Mannhardt’s 1868 ‘Objective Discussion’ on Prussian Mennonites at the Cusp of Including Soldiers as Church Members in Good Standing
- Review: History of the Defenceless Anabaptist Churches from the Times of the Apostles to the Present
- Part III: Seeking Out the Crevices in a Rigid Society
- Part IV: Squeezed Between Nationalism and Opportunity
Whoever Will Not Defend His Homeland Should Leave It!German Conscription and Prussian Mennonite Emigration to the Great Plains, 1860-1890