Rev. Mark Louw
Asia Pacific Regional Director, Church of the Nazarene
Prior to their missionary assignment, Mark & Linda Louw served as youth pastors at Chico First Church of the Nazarene, 1992-94, and Mark served as senior pastor at Gridley Crossroads Community Church of the Nazarene in California, 1994-99. He was ordained in 1997.
Mark is a graduate of Nazarene Bible College. He earned his BA from Pennsylvania State University, and a Masters of Theology through Nazarene Theological College in Manchester, U.K. He is a graduate of the South African Army College and South Africa Military Academy, with a BA in military science and an MA in command and control. Linda is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University and is a credentialed teacher in California. Mark and Linda have four daughters, Kathryn, Kristin, Johanna and Alexandra.
Rev. Louw’s passion for clergy development led to organizing training seminars for new and established district superintendents across the Africa Region. He is gifted in mentoring and empowering leaders. His creative leadership style has helped institutions, communities and individuals discover the potential and resources locally and inherently available for success.
In announcing his appointment as Asia-Pacific regional director, Dr. Ward said, “Rev. Mark Louw brings to Asia-Pacific a heart for those people that have not yet trusted in Christ, and a strategic mind that is passionate for discipleship that results in Christlikeness. Mark brings mission leadership experience and a great desire to serve to the missionaries and districts. He is highly involved in education of ministers and will be a great addition to the educational ministry of the region. Mark and Linda have character and talent that will serve the Asia-Pacific Region very well.”
Louw stated, “Thirteen years of stimulating service on the Africa West Field has taught me that God works together all things for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose. These 13 years have allowed me to see [God’s] hand at work in the raising up, formation, and development of a team of West African leaders that have accomplished incredible things for Him despite often insurmountable adversity. It is with this confidence, that I gladly accept the assignment and challenge of regional director of the Asia-Pacific Region.”