Mark and his wife, Jan, first started working with teens when they were just 19 years old, as Young Life Leaders in Tulsa, Oklahoma. All through their college years, Mark and Jan worked with kids, got married, had kids of their own, and poured their life into their passion….struggling teens.

After spending 7 years on the First Methodist Church staff in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mark and Jan moved to Branson, Missouri and lived at Kanakuk Kamp. During their time in Branson, Mark was the Area Director of Young Life, and started a residential counseling program for struggling teens, only to leave there in 1988 and move to Hallsville, Texas, when he started Heartlight Ministries.

During their 32 years in Texas, Heartlight has become one of the country’s finest residential counseling centers for teens, and known throughout North America as the “place to be” if your teen is struggling and hope is diminishing.

Mark has taken all the experience he has gained in working in the various youth ministry experiences and developed resources to help parents nationwide. He’s authored 18 books, has written hundreds of articles about parenting teens in a difficult culture, and is also the host of the nationally acclaimed radio program, Parenting Today’s Teens, which was honored to receive the 2014 Program of the Year award from the National Religious Broadcasters. These programs are heard on over 1,700 radio outlets throughout North America.

From his 45 years of experience of working with teens and their families, Mark shares his insight and wisdom through seminars, retreats, and conferences, taking up all his free weekends. Mark’s wit and wisdom, shared through stories and reflections of his involvement with teens brings biblical insight and practical help to all who hear him share his heart about families and teens.

Lessons learned from those that have struggled with their teens, are communicated to parents preparing their child for the teen years, or find themselves caught in the turbulent adolescent years with their teen through the mediums of the spoken and written word.

Mark and Jan, have been married for 45 years and have two children, both of whom are married and have blessed them with four wonderful grandchildren. Heartlight is family oriented, and family run. Their children work with them insuring there is always hope and help for families searching for something different in their parenting style.

Mark and Jan live next to the Heartlight property and are actively involved in the lives of the teens and staff at Heartlight.

About the Show

The Parenting Today’s Teens radio program and daily newsletters offers biblical insights and practical wisdom for parents wanting a deeper relationship with their teen. The Parenting Today’s Teen radio program reaches millions of lives every day through a short feature program and a weekend 30-minute program. Broadcasting on XM and over 1,700 stations daily, the radio program’s influence has increased seven-fold in just fifteen years. The National Religious Broadcaster recently awarded the Parenting Today’s Teens with Mark Gregston radio program the prestigious “ 2014 Radio Program of the Year.

Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus.


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How to Parent Your Teen in a Biblical Way

Each day of this devotional series, you’ll read a devotional passage about a common issue teens face, a Scripture passage to encourage you and guide you on what to do next, and a prayer to pray for your teen.

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