Mark Jackson serves as the Tennessee FCA Motocross coach and also as the camp dean of the Tennessee camp. Together his wife, Kathy, and children, Hannah and Patrick, having been the driving force behind FCA Motocross in Tennessee.
How many years have you been with FCA and how did you get involved?
This will be our 7th year with FCA MX. We as a family have been on several local and international mission trips. We got back involved in motocross when Patrick wanted to start racing in 2005. God began to show us that the MX races were a mission field too, so we started praying that He would show us how to do ministry in this sport. In the spring of 2009 we were at a race at Thunder Valley and attended the chapel service Sunday morning. That is when we met Dave Lyon and Randy Livingston who were leading the TN FCA MX team at the time. That is when we found out about the team and the trackside camp that was held at Thunder Valley that summer so we signed up and attended camp. We loved being a part of such an awesome ministry in motocross and in 2010 I became the team coach and 2011 became the camp dean for the first residential camp held in TN and have been ever since.
What is your favorite FCA memory?
This is a really tough question because there are so many incredible memories. One in particular that stands out happened this past spring. We were at a race and had our FCA booth set up in the vendor's area and a man that was working in one of the other booths near us came over and started talking to me and asking questions about the ministry. Through our conversation I could feel the Holy Spirit prompting me to ask him if he knew Jesus and thankfully I did because he accepted Christ that day right there at the FCA MX booth.
What is it like having a whole family that is committed to FCA motocross?
Well for one I couldn't do it without them. Words can't really describe what it is like to do ministry together as a family whether it is with FCA MX, at church or on mission trips. It has really helped us grow stronger in our faith and closer to each other as a family. I am incredibly blessed as a husband and a dad.
Favorite Bible verse?
One of my favorites is Romans 15:13. (May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.)
What is your favorite Christmas memory or tradition?
There are a couple of things Kathy and I started doing at Christmas when Hannah and Patrick were both still very young. One was to go and cut our own tree down either at a Christmas tree farm or on our own land. The other was to have them go on scavenger hunts for their gifts. Both of these are so much fun and made for some really special memories.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Kathy and Hannah both make this Italian casserole that is amazing. I believe I could eat it every day.
You can be spotted on a bike every now and then... Will we see you racing any time soon?
Well it has been about eight years since I last raced or even had a bike, but I was able to get one this past fall. My family and the Povolny's schemed together and tried to surprise me with one of Jimmy's bikes. I think I kind of spoiled the surprise, but I was still thrilled to get another bike. I've been trying to get back in shape and feel comfortable riding again. It's slowly starting to come back, so next spring you may see me line up on the gate in the 50+ class in 2016.
Posted on Mon, December 21, 2015
by Chelsea Taylor filed under