Reverend Mark Riddix is a third generation pastor, licensed in the church of his upbringing, Mount Zion Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He was educated in the Baltimore City School System at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. Upon graduation, he attended Oral Roberts University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.He is currently completing his Master of Arts Degree in Practical Theology at Saint Mary’s Seminary & University.
He currently serves as the Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church. He has served as the youth minister, taught youth bible studies, conducted a youth finance & investment club, and coordinated youth activities. He participated in the Mentoring Training Program to gain the necessary skills to mentor young men in the church and community. He preached his initial sermon in 2002 and was licensed to preach on September 20, 2004. He was ordained on May 24, 2007. He gave up a successful investment business to pursue the calling of God for his life.
Pastor Mark is passionate about social justice and economic empowerment. He has a heart for the homeless, impoverished, elderly, fatherless, and individuals in need. He has written a personal finance column for Baltimore and Washington metropolitan newspapers and has published articles in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Black Enterprise, New York Daily News, Afro American Newspaper, Minyanville, Investopedia, Yahoo Finance, and Google Finance. He provides financial planning workshops, entrepreneurship conferences, investment meetings, and money management seminars to help individuals become better financial stewards of their resources.
He believes that the twenty first century church exists to address many of the needs that ail contemporary society. The church is called to be a Christ centered community that is a beacon of light in a dark world. The scripture that encourages Pastor Mark the most in the area of ministry is found in Luke 4.
“The Spirit of Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he has sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Luke 4:18 & 19