Mark Hamby

Mark Hamby (M.S., M.Div., Th.M., D. Min. cand.) is founder and president of Lamplighter Ministries International. He lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania with his wife, Debbie. They have three adult children living in various parts of the country. Jennifer is the graphic arts and illustration director for Lamplighter. David works for Apple and oversees video production for Lamplighter. Jonathan, their eldest, is married, lives in CA as a commercial broker, and functions as his dad’s personal counselor!

As author, speaker, and Bible teacher, what Mark enjoys most is helping his audience to remove the mask in order to expose the heart. Through the genre of storytelling and the life-changing power of God’s Word, Mark’s audiences learn that we serve a God with whom nothing is impossible.

While his children were young, Mark’s role as a shepherd taught him many leadership principles: “a shepherd leads, feeds, and protects,” and “when our lives speak louder than our words, others will follow.” After experiencing an extraordinary redemptive transformation within his family, Mark went on to publish his first book, which gave birth to Lamplighter Publishing and later expanded into Lamplighter Ministries International.

Lamplighter Ministries has begun its largest undertaking with the inception of Lamplighter Theatre, in which the Lamplighter family collection of rare books is adapted for radio drama. Now heard on over 900 radio stations in 11 countries, listening to Lamplighter Theatre’s riveting radio dramas is quickly becoming a favorite “family activity,” enjoyed by both children and adults. In a shifting culture steeped in confusion, Lamplighter dramas present absolute truths upon which we can stand firm. Each breathtaking episode, while keeping listeners on the edge of their seats, is resolved with a solid sense of God’s thoughts and God’s ways.

Mark hated to read when he was young. In fact, he had never read a book from cover to cover even after receiving a college degree. But Mark’s life changed dramatically after meeting Charlie T. Jones, whose words he will never forget: “You will be the same today as you will be five years from now, except for the people you meet and the books you read!” That statement, along with the twelve biographies that he read soon after, changed the course of Mark’s life forever. He is still praying the prayer that he found in that first book, “The world has not yet seen what God can do through one man wholly committed to Christ; I pray I be that man.”

Truly, Mark’s life and testimony are evidence that there is a God who can do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think!
 

 

Mark Hamby's Talks:
 

Friday

9:00

Auditorium

A Passionate Pursuit of Excellence

Based on the life of Ehud the Benjamite, Mark will unveil the unique strategy that God and his parents used to prepare him to become a skilled and strategic warrior, confident leader, and a skillful entrepreneur.  In this seminar we will look at the assessment of a child’s natural abilities and the instructive insights that are necessary to cultivate in each child, teen, and passionate pursuit of excellence in every area of life. This seminar promises to be an eye opener for all ages—in more ways than you expect; but in a way you will never forget! 

 

12:30

Auditorium

Raise Them Up; Don’t Crush Them Down - The Strong-Willed Parent

One only has to listen to discover the heart of a child. Our goal as parents is to reach the heart, rather than simply realign behavior.  Too often, we depend on rules as the primary enforcer of behavior. Rules can change behavior, but they can’t change the heart. When parents begin to discern the difference between character flaws and purposeful disobedience, they will implement a gentler approach to reaching and understanding their children.  As a result, children will more willingly admit their faults and seek help from those they love. Children need to hear the beating of our hearts rather than the beating of our voices.  Join Mark as he relates his experience as a shepherd and the important lesson that you don’t become a shepherd just because you own sheep.

 

3:30

Auditorium

A Renaissance of Creative Imagination

In this seminar parents will be looking behind the scenes to learn what prepared, inspired, and motivated the great minds of Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Einstein, Edison, and the more modern initiatives of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates and more. They all had something in common--something available to all—something that drives initiative, ignites motivation, revives the imagination, and inspires excellence from a biblical perspective. Join Mark and be convinced that “Everyday you are becoming who you will be forever.” J. L.

Saturday

10:15

Auditorium

The Education of a Child - The Wisdom of Fenelon

Working with parents and teachers over the past twenty-eight years, Mark will present what he believes is the most helpful and inspirational information of our day concerning the education of a child. Gleaning from a 17th-century gem, The Education of a Child from The Wisdom of Fenelon, Mark will present a “radical reversal” of our traditional approach to a biblical education. Commissioned to educate King Louis XIV incorrigible grandson to become the next king of France, Francois Fenelon wrote and then lived one of the greatest educational treatises ever written. In fact, in 1802, nearly 150 years later, Fenelon’s work was still revered as the most extraordinary educational work on record. Parenting based on gentleness, mentoring, joy, and patience will be among just a few of the highlights of this seminar. Through simple but forgotten common sense ideas, parents and teachers will gain an understanding that unlocks the heart and opens the mind—“When the level of fear decreases, the level of reasoning increases.”

 

2:00

Auditorium

A Father’s Love: A Faithful Son and Daughter

Join Mark as he reveals an unusual passage of Scripture that is rarely preached or talked about. Twice God the Father speaks about His Son—once at His Son’s baptism and then three years later on top of a mountain. The second time He speaks he repeats what he said the first time but adds one significant component that is essential for all parents—“Listen to him.”  Once you learn what this means, you will approach your children with a more purposeful plan that will cultivate their identity, confirm your love, be encouraged by your pleasure in them, and possess the confidence and authority that has been bestowed upon them. As always some of the most powerful teaching on parenting is right before our eyes.  (Hebrews 5:8; David and javelins; Joseph, Daniel, Abraham, Moses, Peter: a servant and apostle—switched roles)