Beloved husband, father, son, brother, friend, officer, pastor, Christ follower
Born to Ted & Naomi Brinkman in Seattle Washington. Mark is the second of four sons born to Naomi and her late husband Ted.
Mark and his wife Leslie have the kind of love story books are written of. They met during high school and started dating when they went to House of Prayer. There was no exact moment of realization for the two of them, they just knew they were each other's soulmates. Their life and marriage was filled with a multitude of love and respect.
They were married on April 23rd, 1988 and their three children were born from 1994-1999. Lindsay is the oldest and is followed by her younger brothers Nathan and Joel. Mark loved being a father, his time was best spent enjoying quality time with his family and living fully in the moment. He was the ultimate giver, whether it was with gifts, his time or his words.
Mark graduated from the Seattle Police Academy in 1988. He wanted to be an officer since he was only five years old but was told he was too shy, as we all know he did not let that stop him. Mark was an officer for 35 years, spending his last 25 years with the Lynnwood Police Department where he was the Lynwood Police Guild President. In 2016 he was recognized as "Law Enforcement Liaison of the Year" by The Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
From his childhood Mark has always had a love for the Lord and for people. Having always worked with youth and loving to serve, in May of 1999 Mark began serving as the Youth Pastor at South Whidbey Assembly of God. Mark's ministry was characterized by a dependency on the Holy Spirit, wanting every student and person to know God had something specific just for them. His desire was to do all he could to lead people to saving faith in Christ, he lived out what it means to love the sinner, not their sin.
Mark is survived by his loving wife Leslie, their three adult children Lindsay, Nathan and Joel, his son-in-law Chris and his granddaughter. His mother Naomi along with his three brothers Steve, Ted and Ben and the rest of the family will miss Mark every day until we see him again. Though our minds struggle to understand why he left so soon our hearts have peace knowing he is with our Lord and savior and someday we will be united with him once again.
Mark's legacy also lives on through the many hearts and lives he touched throughout his 35 years in law enforcement as well as his time in ministry. There are countless stories of how he served his community and beyond, below you will get a glimpse of the man he was through articles and videos. Mark exemplified this verse we read in the Bible, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16. He was a great man, one of the best, and he will be sorely missed.