Reverend Mark K. Kearse, M.Div., Pastor
A native of York, Pa., The Reverend Mark K. Kearse accepted the call to preach at the young age of 24, and was licensed at the Shiloh Baptist Church in York. He was ordained by Dr. William H. Curtis, Pastor of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church of Pittsburgh in June of 2001.
Reverend Kearse received his undergraduate degree from York College of Pennsylvania in May of 2005 with honors. He continued his pursuit of academic excellence and received the Master of Divinity Presidential Scholar award from Lancaster Theological Seminary. As a seminary intern, Reverend Kearse served the United Baptist Church of Baltimore, Md. and also served as the Director of Ministries under the leadership of Dr. Carl Solomon. He received a Master of Divinity degree in 2008 from Lancaster Theological Seminary. Reverend Kearse is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree at the Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland Ohio.
In August of 2009, Reverend Kearse answered the call to birth the Cornerstone Baptist Church. Initial services, “Sunday Night Fire” began on Sunday evening, September 13, 2009, at the Yorktowne Hotel Ballroom with Bible Study held every Wednesday. Within seven weeks, God blessed Pastor Kearse and the Cornerstone congregation with a nesting opportunity with a local church. The Cornerstone Baptist Church worships every Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at 629 S. Pershing Ave., York, PA, and has grown in membership from 10 to currently over 400.
Pastor Kearse is a leader and pillar in the York community. As a Pastor, Scholar and Civic Leader, Reverend Kearse seeks to invest in and serve the York Community as a humble vessel for the Kingdom of God. He is the recipient of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., "Civic-Pillar of Faith" award and the Social Friendship Lodge No. 42 Free and Accepted Prince Hall Masons of York, "Community Service" award. Reverend Kearse is a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Reverend Kearse is married to the former Vlonda Deneen Farr, and they are the proud parents of one son, Garrison Quinn.