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

Jesse Thompson

Youth/Family Minister

Jesse is currently a Senior at Malone University where he is majoring in Youth and Educational Ministries. Jesse’s minor is in Psychology. He his internship at Greenwood Christian Church where he has taught preschool, 1st and 2nd grade and ministered to middle and high school students. Jesse has been involved with the Arizona Navajo Nation and also worked at church camp. Jesse has a zeal to work with children, teens and families. He is a graduate of McKinley High School and currently lives in Canton, Ohio as he commutes to Malone University. We are please to add Jesse to the staff at Beechwood Christian Church.

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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