I enjoy discovering where imagination, innovation and faith intersect.

I serve as Co Pastor / Head of Staff at the House of Hope Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul, MN.

I have written Easter: 21 StationsMiddle of the Maze: 5 Secrets to Finding Your Way and Creative Styles of Preaching. Articles and a short film I created have appeared CNN.com and in the Huffington Post. I am currently working on new book, Fundamentals: 21 Post Pandemic Essentials for Life and Work.

I am a filmmaker.  THE LAST SONGWRITER, premiered at the Nashville Film Festival and won an Audience Award. Starring Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris and Jason Isbell, it spotlights the struggles of songwriters to make a living in the age of streaming.

LOST BOY HOME, narrated by Sam Waterston, premiered at the Palm Beach International Film Festival and tells the story of a Sudanese “Lost Boy” who returns to South Sudan to search for his parents. It won a Best Shorts Award and was featured at the Africa World Documentary Film Festival.

I am a teacher.  I have taught “Biblical Perspectives” at the Compass College of the Visual Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan and homiletics at McCormick Theological Seminary. Most recently, my wife and I taught a seminar at Princeton Theological Seminary on “Visually Speaking: Proclamation in the Digital Age.”

A lifelong learner, I am a graduate of Cornell University, Princeton Theological Seminary where I received the John Galloway preaching award, and San Francisco Theological Seminary where I received my Doctorate in homiletics. I studied non-profit leadership at the Harvard Business School and was a Kellogg Scholar at the Northwestern Business School in their Executive Education program. At TEDGlobal I gave a TED talk on “Blue Lobsters.” I enjoy running and have finished seven marathons just before the street sweepers emerged and closed the course.

Contact me:  markbargerelliott@comcast.net



Winter 2022


Download: Hypethral- Life in a Cathedral without Walls


Easter: 21 Stations

Download : Easter – 21 Stations

While appropriate for the penitential season of Lent, this collection by Mark Barger Elliott is a feast of words and images to nourish reflection throughout the year. Reminiscent of the work of Mary Oliver, Alan Lightman, and Wendell Berry, Elliott’s poetry and photographs teach, surprise, delight, and turn the reader of this book into a pilgrim who is changed, challenged, and enriched by embarking on this sacred journey.” – Amy Richter, Antimony: a Novel


Middle of the Maze : Five Secrets to Finding Your Way


Watch Lost Boy Home 

Watch The Last Songwriter 



In Oxford I spoke about encountering three blue lobsters in forty-eight hours and what that might suggest about the possibility and reality of miracles.


This video chronicles a trip to Ireland and walking in St. Patrick’s footsteps!

VIDEOS OF MY SERMONS can be found by searching iTunes : Mark Barger Elliott. They appear on the page for Mayflower Congregational Church.


Excited to share a music video I produced of Kari Lynch’s inspirational song “Better Than Today.” The song was co-written by myself and Kari and produced by Brian Vander Ark known for his hit song “Freshman” recorded by the Verve Pipe.



Since the editorial change at Huffpost I publish on Medium. Google: Medium Mark Barger Elliott. Posts include: AI pastors and AlphaGo Zero; Visually Speaking in the Digital Age; On Fundraising and the Church: The Economy of Divine Generosity.

Huffington Post

On growing the mainline church:



On the poetic overlap between recent developments in Big Bang theory and Easter: http://t.co/zanVni2k8R

A meditation on tragic events that occurred in Newtown:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-barger-elliott/finding-ourselves-in-the-middle-of-the-storm_b_2324111.html

CNN Blog

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