Mark 003Mark Black

Senior Minister

Pastor Mark Black is dedicated to serving God and demonstrating His transforming power to his family and community.

Mark is from the Canton area and graduated from Canton South High in 1971.  Mark went on to study at Kent State University and Malone College, and in the fall of 1972 he moved to Tennessee to study at Milligan College where he earned a BA degree in Bible with a minor in Human Relations.  Mark also studied at Ashland Theological Seminary and studied music at Malone College in the 1980’s.  Most recently, he studied music at Valley Forge Christian College for Music Technology.

Mark has followed God’s calling into the ministry of the gospel since 1974, and has served in a variety of ministries including Senior Minister, Associate Minister, Worship Minister, Youth Minister and Music Minister.He is a gifted preacher, teacher, and music minister who loves the Lord Jesus with all of his heart, and it’s evident in all that he does.

Pastor Mark loves the Lord and loves people too.  He is very excited to be serving the Lord at Beechwood Christian Church in Alliance, Ohio as their Senior Minister.  Mark is dedicated to building relationships, loving others, studing the Word, and building a congregation devoted to following Jesus Christ.  Pastor Mark has a true passion for the lost and the Great Commission.

You can contact Mark at the church by calling (330) 821-7602 or by email at



Ben Black Interim Jr.Sr. Youth Minister

Our Interim Youth Minister Ben Black and his wife Jennifer have come to us seeking to serve the Lord as we begin the search for a Family Minister.

Ben is the son of Mark and Carol Black and is involved in ministry at First Christian Church in Malvern where Ben is an active Elder, and a member of the praise and worship team playing bass on Sunday mornings. He also teaches and does some fill-in preaching. Ben not only loves sports but has coached baseball, played golf, wrestled in High School and in the past played football and track. He also boxed and has been a couch coach for the Cleveland Browns. Ben works for the Columbiana Clerk of Courts as the Systems Administrator. Ben is married to his lovely wife Jennifer. They have a teenage son named Shane who is the grandson of his proud grandparents Mark and Carol Black


Shirley Anderson, Church Secretary

Church Secretary Shirley AndersonShirley is our devoted secretary who loves the Lord Jesus with all of her heart and really enjoys serving in this administration ministry.

She has been a faithful member of Beechwood Christian Church since 1974 and served as secretary for 26 years. She has chaired the Women’s Ministry numerous years, is a member of the choir, attends many Bible Study groups and desires to continue in these positions as long as the Lord desires to use her. You can contact Shirley at or call 330-821-7602



Carol Black

Sign Language Interpreter
NAD IV, EIPA Certified

Carol has worked for the Canton City Schools, Stark State, Kent State, Triad Services and provided interpreting for other organizations. She is also the wife of Mark Black the Senior Minister here at Beechwood. We are so blessed to have her be able to use her abilities for the Lord here.

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