Mark Petersen (MDiv, 1991)
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2009
Mark Petersen graduated from Tyndale Seminary with a Master of Divinity in 1991. After leaving Tyndale, Mark and his wife Karen spent nine years working with non-profit organizations to grow leadership in church communities across the world. He served in places such as the US, Costa Rica and the Philippines. He also served in Colombia, living amongst the people, and experiencing first-hand several aspects of its drug- and guerrilla-fuelled history. Through this, however, he came to admire the Colombian resilience and the positive attitudes of the people despite their many years of civil strife.
In November 2000, Mark joined the Bridgeway Foundation, a private grant-making organization whose mission is to collaborate with innovators to grow healthy and productive non-profit organizations, and to help them engage in creative transformational projects, across Canada and the world. Here, he has served as Executive Director, working with over 70 Christian and secular organizations to support numerous groundbreaking projects, including Yonge Street Mission, Listen Up TV, Cambridge Memorial Hospital, World Vision, YMCA, Community Justice Initiatives, and Tyndale. Mark has also supported Tyndale through his leadership as President of the Tyndale Alumni Association in 2007 and 2008.
Mark’s philanthropic leadership is marked by moral integrity, transparent accountability, public witness and unwavering commitment to a missional engagement of society for the sake of Christ. He continues to work with Bridgeway and lives in Mississauga with Karen and their two teenage sons, Daniel and Nathan.