Full name: Marcus Phillip Alexander
Marcus’ family: Married Marsha in 1981; daughter – Katherine; son Parker; and dog - Trixie.
Ministry Role: I serve as the Lead Pastor
Dream vacation: Snow Skiing in Colorado, Hiking in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, or Yosemite, CA.
What's your regular order at Starbucks: NOTHING…I hate Coffee! I drink Nestle Quick in the mornings!
Favorite movie: Seven Days in Utopia: Golf’s Sacred Journey – staring Robert Duvall and Lucas Black
Life motto: “Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” - Colossians 3:23 (NLT)
Favorite scripture: “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21
Things that fascinate me: My Wife (her beauty, wisdom, cheerfulness, compassion and patience with me… and how it continues to grow more and more everyday). It’s amazing.
People who inspire me are: My dad who is my mentor and friend and who was the example of humility and godliness before me. Two pastors I have served with (J. Don George & Gregg Headley), and some key college professors who poured their life into me when I needed direction.
Previous jobs: worked as a farm laborer in the water melon fields of Eastern Oklahoma, in a grocery store as a sacker, delivered flowers for my mother’s flower shop, a mail clerk for Gulf Oil Corp., a valet car parker in college, metal cutting machine operator for Acme Fan Company, after that I became a youth/music pastor, and then an associate pastor,
College Professor/Administrator, Elementary Christian School Administrator, church Business Administrator/senior associate pastor, and then Senior Pastor of Casa View Assembly of God.
One thing that most people don't know about me: I used to sing in a Southern Gospel Quartet from Gospel Lighthouse Church called “The Reflections”… As a teen I had a mini bike with a 5 hp Briggs & Stratton motor… In college each weekend I traveled and toured as a member of the Messenger Choir (SBC), The Harvester Choir (SAGU) and the Signs of Praise Choir (SAGU).
How many Academic Degrees have you earned? Believe it or not I do have five (5) earned academic degrees: After graduating in 1973 from HS in Checotah, Oklahoma I went to Houston, Texas to Southern Bible College received an Associate of Arts degree in 1975. I transferred to Waxahachie, Texas to Southwestern AG College and was awarded a Bachelor Of Science degree in 1977. That fall I enrolled at the Assemblies of God Graduate School and graduated the following Summer with a MA degree. I was accepted into SWBTS in Fort Worth Texas, and earned both a MRE (79), and Ed.D (86) [in 1994 changed to Ph.D.]
When and where did you accept Jesus: I was raised in a Christian Pastor’s home and don’t ever remember not being a Christian. I responded to almost every alter call rededicating my life to the Lord continually.
Music that moves me: I love worship music.
Favorite singer or band: I was raised on Southern Gospel, as a youth Andre Crouch had a great impact on my life. I don’t really have a favorite singer today other than Artie Hass. I love them most… if they are anointed!
Peeves: The sound of a person eating any crunching sound drives me up a wall (unless I am also crunching). If I am in a meeting and a person is crunching ice or the noise of candy wrappers, or crunching chips or nuts …it drives me up a wall the inside! ALSO, If you borrow a tool… please put it back where it came from! If you take anything from any room in the church… please return it where it belongs! AND clean up after yourself!
Life-changing moment: When I married Marsha and adopting my two children.
Hidden talent: As a residential house painter I can “cut in” without using painters tape and it looks professional! (My older cousin was a professional painter and worked with him during a Summer and he showed me some of the tricks of the painting trade!)
Fears: I’m not too fond of snakes, large spiders, or dark parking garages at hospitals on the weekends.
Favorite book: That’s a hard one other than the Bible here are two of the many: Stories I Couldn’t Tell While I Was A Pastor, Bruce McIver; The Man That Could Do No Wrong, Charles Blair
Quirks: I often have to sleep with my feet out of the cover because they get too hot, I have to have my orthopedic pillow so I don’t get a crick in my neck, in recent years I have a hearing loss that makes it very difficult for me to hear speech if there is any background noise.
In my spare time I... do yard work, take my wife grocery store coupon shopping (a half day affair), read, watch local sports (Mavericks, Rangers, Cowboys), attend church softball games, and a few times a year take my wife to Canton first Monday trade days.
Least favorite food: Liver…Sauerkraut…Lemon Pie… I pretty much like everything else.
What makes you laugh? My family, myself, my dog, and everybody else.
What is weird about you? My comfort zone is usually doing the same routine… each day, each week, each year. I am a bit OCD when it comes to my possessions. (Being married to Marsha has helped me loosen up in this area.)
The most exotic place you've even been to: The coast of Oregon, when Marsha and I were speaking at a camp meeting near Portland, Oregon for migrant farm workers from the Micronesia Island nations (Solomon Islands, Truk Islands, etc.) we took a week of vacation and went whale watching, toured Mt. Saint Helens, and the Mt. Hood loop.
The most adventurous thing you've ever done: Ask Marsha to marry me...(it took me a looooooong time to do it.)
Least favorite thing to do: Enter my son’s or daughter’s bedroom…or Marsha’s closet! I am a neat freak perfectionist… need I say more…