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Mark Rowell


Elder Mark Daniel Rowell was born in Houston, Texas on March 25th, 1968 to Elder J. A. Rowell, Jr and Margret Singletary Rowell. Being the son of an Elder, Brother Mark spent most of his time going to meetings with his family.

Brother Mark Rowell was baptized into the Grace Church in September of 1976 at the age of 8 years. He was very active in the church, even at a young age, always anxious and willing to lead singing and help out doing the physical upkeep of the church grounds. At the age of 16, Brother Mark began to really dig and study the Bible, mainly in response to several questions of his future bride, Melissa Brown. However, during this time of intense study, Brother Mark began to realize a love for the scriptures and a desire for knowledge. He was asked to open services by his father many times. Each time he spent only a few minutes reading a verse or two and then quickly sitting down.

But one time, when he was 18 and asked to introduce, he relates this experience: "I remember praying during the song service that Dad wouldn’t call on me to introduce. I felt lower than low that morning and seemed to realize that the Lord was burdening me. The last thing I wanted to be was a preacher so I thought that if Dad asked I would simply refuse and never get up again. However, this Sunday, Dad didn’t ask. After the last song, I remember my Dad getting up front and simply saying, ‘This morning we’re going to have Mark open services…’ I wanted to find the deepest hole to crawl into! Nevertheless, I got up. I began to be overwhelmed at the thought of the Lord pouring out His blessings on me. I felt so weighted down. I stood and sobbed for what seemed to be an eternity but really only a few minutes. I was then drawn to Luke 2:10, ‘And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy…’ I was overwhelmed by the scripture and began to expound on it in such a way that I had never done before. It was from that point on that I realized the Lord had a work for me to do and that HIS grace was, and is still, sufficient for me."
Soon after this experience, Mark and Melissa were married in November of 1987. There were many highs and lows during the next few years while he exercised among local churches. He enjoyed many preaching trips with his father during this time and relied on him greatly for counsel. Then, the lowest of lows hit when his father died on July 18th,1991. He felt lost but soon realized that the Elders that he loved and respected began to be fathers in the ministry to him, much like his own father. He will never stop missing his father but he also realizes the eternal bliss that his father and all the other saints of God are experiencing. Sincehis father’s death, Mark and Melissa have been blessed with two beautifuldaughters: Kathryn Malie and Sarah Danielle.

In April of 1992, Elder Rowell was ordained to the full work of the gospel ministry. Since that time he has served many churches by appointment. He has also served as pastor of the Corpus Christi Church from 1993 to 1997 and the Houston and Grace Church from 1999 until this day.

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Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)
Elder James Compton was the original founder of the 'Gospel of Grace Tape Supply.' His collection of tapes began as he traveled to Church meetings and Associations recording sermons on Reel to Reel. He has maintained this library of sermons faithfully over the years and are now the foundation of PB Sermons. org. This web site is dedicated to Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)