Marion Association DOM Gallups to retire comment (0)
August 8, 2013
By Julie Payne
Mark Gallups, director of missions (DOM) for Marion Baptist Association for more than nine years, may be retiring from his role effective Aug. 31, but don’t expect him to stop serving in ministry altogether. “There’s no discharge from God’s army as far as I’m concerned,” he said.
Gallups, who previously served in the military and was honorably discharged in 1975, was licensed under the pastorate of Jim Ballard at Oakland Baptist Church, Birmingham, and was later ordained under the ministry of Charles Ballew, longtime pastor of First Baptist Church, Winfield. Gallups began working in children’s ministry and later served churches in Alabama and Mississippi as pastor. His first pastorate was Damascus Baptist Church outside of Jackson, Miss., and his most recent pastorate was Westmont Baptist Church, Birmingham, where he served for eight years before becoming Marion Association’s DOM.
Gallups said his tenure at the association has opened up new doors of ministry for him. “It’s like any other ministry — you have your ups and your downs, your heartaches (and) your joys. This has been a good time,” he said. “We’ve seen God do a lot of amazing things.”
As DOM, Gallups has seen the debt-free rebuilding of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Hackleburg, after it was destroyed by the April 27, 2011, tornadoes. “We did a lot of work through there,” he said, noting that donations for the church’s rebuild came from as far away as Pennsylvania.
Another highlight of Gallups’ tenure was the completion of the Primera Iglesia Bautista, Hamilton, church building, which now houses a thriving ministry. In his first year at the association in 2004, Gallups helped raise enough finances to finish the church. “There’s no telling how many people have been saved” through this ministry, he said, adding that some of the men who have accepted Christ have even started new churches in Mexico and Colombia.
Gallups noted that when he retires, he will greatly miss the association’s missions trips. Groups have ministered in Texas, Wyoming, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio and West Virginia, and this year, they helped build a church closer to home in Altoona.
Gallups’ post-retirement plans include short-term volunteer missions work, chaplaincy, fill-in and interim preaching and revivals.
He and his wife, Donna, have two sons. The association will hold a retirement reception for Gallups on Aug. 25 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the associational office. To contact Gallups, call 205-921-7572.