Mark Blankenship is a music minister, composer, arranger, orchestrator, music leader, former publisher director, and worship specialist. His ministry career spans over 47 years. His ministry career began in Texas and occupied several states before his current place of ministry in Franklin, Tennessee.

Mark was born in Chicago, IL while his father was attending Moody Bible Institute preparing to be a pastor. He grew up in the Southwest, primarily in Texas. His college work was done at Oklahoma Baptist University (BM) and The University of Texas (MM). He began his music minister role started in smaller churches, but in his mid-twenties was already positioned in large Southern Baptist churches such as First Baptist Church, Midland, TX, and North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ. During those years in music ministry, Mark became increasingly interested in composing and arranging music.

Mark receiving the W. Hines Sims Award from
the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference in 2008

He followed the Lord's leadership in 1974 and moved to Nashville, TN to become a Youth and Adult Music Editor for LifeWay. He ministered there for nearly 30 years in that role, including his service as director of the Music Department and all its publication imprints from 1993-2000.

While in Nashville, Mark's writing career flourished and he became quite prolific. Having had over 400 pieces of published music during his career, he has been commissioned by churches and universities on numerous occasions to write anthems, major musicals, and hymns.

Mark also purposefully pursued music leadership relationships with leaders around the country. He was even involved with leadership in the international community on numerous occasions in the Philippines, Japan, Australia, Germany and Switzerland. In the fall of 2012 he taught worship and music in Germany, Switzerland and Botswana, Africa.

Mark has been a featured vocalist on over 100 television segments, as well as co-arranging and co-orchestrating much of the music that was used in those segments with Buryl Red.

Besides his role in local churches and with LifeWay, Mark served as President of the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference for two years. His awards include:

  • Career of Excellence Award from LifeWay in 1998
  • Profile in Excellence Award from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1999
  • W. Hines Sims Award from the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference in 2008
Mark took early retirement from LifeWay in 2003, and decided to end his ministry career in the local church where he began. He retired from the local church music ministry at First Baptist Church, Hilton Head Island in 2010. He continues to pursue his writing ministry in Franklin, Tennessee and decided through this website to make his new writings available to music ministers and publishers. Also included on the site are some older copyrights that he perceives are still useful in the local church.

Mark now enjoys retirement in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife Judy Starr Blankenship. Their family includes a daughter who resides in Franklin, Tennessee, and a son and his family who live in Huntsville, AL.

Mark's prayer is that this website will provide resources for local church music ministers and publishers to help people worship the Lord.

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