Background and Vitae

Mark BordeauxLife Worth Living Ministries was founded by Mark Bordeaux in 1995 for the purpose of providing a platform to engage, equip, and encourage people with the Good News of Jesus Christ. 

Mark chose the name "Life Worth Living" because he personally found that following Jesus has given him a life of meaning, purpose, peace, and fulfilment. God desires everyone to experience a real and personal relationship with Him and live the life they were born to live.

Mark's journey began in Jacksonville, Florida when, as a student at Trinity Christian Academy, he heard the Good News that God truly loves people, but we are separated from Him because of our sin. Each of us have not only inherited a propensity to disobey, but have chosen to go our own way, rather than God's way and experience a personal relationship with Him.

In his own words...

"Although I had been a church member since my childhood, I realized that I knew "about" God, but did not "know" God in a real and personal way. The realization that God loved us and paid the ultimate price for our sin by sending His Son to be our sacrifice on the cross and rise from the dead to rescue us became clear. I also realized that if I did not surrender to God and by faith accept His Son's sacrifice for my sin, I would continue to be alienated from God.

Even though I did not know much about the Bible and certainly did not know the evidences for it's accuracy, I knew enough to respond to God. One afternoon after school, I was alone in my home and knelt and prayed to God. I simply asked Him to forgive me of my sin and take me to Heaven when I died. I was truly sorry for being a sinner and sincerely asked Him to save me.

When I finished praying and had trusted God to save me it was as though the separation between God and me, that I sensed earlier, was removed. In child-like terms I knew I was not 'in trouble' anymore and that God had forgiven me. In my mind, it was almost as though Jesus had His arms wide-open saying, 'It's alright now!'"

As a college student, Mark grew in his commitment to Jesus as he attended Hillcrest Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Regularly hearing the Bible taught and preached as well as being around other young people who loved Jesus helped his commitment deepen. 

Mark continued to mature in his relationship with God as a member of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida. Not only did he grow in his commitment to Christ while at First Baptist following Christ he met the love of his life, Debbie, who has been his partner in life and ministry ever since.

His first experience of introducing someone to a relationship with Jesus by sharing the Good News was at First Baptist. Later, he was invited to preach at the city rescue mission and was amazed when five men professed to receive Christ. The joy of having a part in what God was doing sharpened his focus even more.

After graduating with a degree in Broadcast Management in 1980, he chose to serve God in Christian broadcasting. His first job following college was as the program director of a Christian radio station. He began receiving invitations to speak at area churches. Again, people responded to God's invitation of salvation. His call to full-time ministry continued to be confirmed.

When he heard that a local church was searching for a youth minister he applied. The church called him to serve and he left broadcasting and began the adventure of full-time ministry. 

Since beginning as a youth minister he has served as an associate pastor, pastor, and senior pastor. He has been humbled to serve in eight churches in five states over a period of more than 30 years.

He earned a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies from Luther Rice Bible College, a master's degree in divinity (with languages) from The Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently in the Doctor of Ministry program at the Billy Graham School of Church Growth and Evangelism at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Additionally, he has made annual trips to the former Soviet Union since 1995 to train Russian and Ukrainian pastors and church planters as well as assist International Mission Board personnel in evangelism and church planting projects. He continues to study Russian and often brings groups to experience international missions first hand.

Mark also serves as a Coach-Consultant for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He says, "Encouraging Biblical church health and growth is deeply rewarding. I cannot think of anything that has a greater impact on the world than a united body of believers following the Master and fulfilling His mission."

Mark desires to glorify God and further His Kingdom by helping people discover life worth living in Jesus Christ. 


Mark A. Bordeaux

1030 Alice Drive, Sumter, SC 29150                                             





Birth date: September 21, 1959

Married: September 12, 1981

Spouse: Debra McCoy Bordeaux

Father: Alton Bordeaux (now lives with us since he suffered a stroke)

Children: Mark, Jr. - December 1, 1984; Lauren – March 8, 1991



I fully agree with The Baptist Faith and Message



Lead Pastor - Ridgeland Baptist Church, Ridgeland, SC
January 2013 - Present

Coach/Consultant - South Carolina Baptist Convention, Columbia, SC

Communicator, Coach, Consultant - Life Worth Living Ministries

September 2011 - Present


Senior Pastor - Westside Baptist Church, Sumter, SC 

March 1999 – September 2011


Pastor - Ten Mile Creek Baptist Church, Baxley, GA

January 1993 – March 1999


Pastor - New Haven Baptist Church, Oneida, TN

October 1990 – January 1993


Associate Pastor/Interim Pastor - Elaine Baptist Church, Elaine, AR

March 1988 – May 1990


Minister of Youth - Mandarin Baptist Church, Mandarin, FL

February 1985 – March 1986


Associate Pastor/Minister to Youth - Faith Memorial Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL

October 1981 – August 1985


Youth Director - Calvary Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL

March 1981 – August 1981



The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth, Louisville, KY

Doctorate in Church Growth and Evangelism

Anticipated Graduation Spring 2015

The Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, Memphis, TN

Master in Divinity with languages

May 1990

The Luther Rice Bible College, Jacksonville, FL

Bachelor in Biblical Studies

May 1987

Jones College, Jacksonville, FL

Associate in Science; Broadcast Management

May 1980



Licensed for the Gospel Ministry

Faith Memorial Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL

Pastor James Branch

November 1984


Ordained into the Gospel Ministry

Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, TN

Pastor Adrian Rogers

November 1990



•          Moscow, Perm, and Ufa Russia – May 2011

•          Ufa and Perm Russia – September 2008

•          Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia – 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2007

•          Moscow, Russia and Yalta, Ukraine – 2000

•          Yalta, Ukraine – Yalta Bible College – 1998

•          Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Church Planting School  – September 1997

•          Galeana, Mexico – December 1997

•          Barnaul, Siberia, Russia, Altai Bible College – September 1996

•          Led youth Mission trip from Elaine, Arkansas to mission in Jacksonville, Florida – 1989


•          General Chairman of Sumter Regional Crusade, 2011

•          Evangelism Team Leader, Santee Baptist Association, 2001 – 2004

•          Board Member, Light of Hope Ministries – Crisis Pregnancy Ministry, 2001 – 2004

•          Began Men’s Discipleship Group – “The Leading Men Ministry,” 1997 – 2006, 2009 – 2011 

•          Chaplain, Thomas Sumter Academy football, 2001 – 2002

•          General Chairman, Greater Southeast Georgia Rick Gage Crusade, 1998

•          Sunday School Director, Consolation Baptist Association, 1995 - 1999

•          President of Student Government, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, 1989 – 1990

•          General Chairman, Florida Youth Evangelism Conference, 1984

•          Youth Director, Jacksonville Baptist Association, 1982 – 1984

•          Chaplain, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Robert E. Lee High School, Jacksonville, Florida, 1982 – 1984



MasterLife, Continuing Witness Training, Great Commission Breakthrough Consultant, Prepare/Enrich Marriage Counselor, FAITH Evangelism



I will be most happy to provide a written or oral testimony of how the Lord Jesus Christ saved me, called me to the ministry, and what He is doing in my life today.



Most of all, I treasure time with my family.  I also enjoy training, rescuing, and doing therapy work with German Shepherds as well as coaching High School Baseball, working out at our local YMCA, playing in a men’s baseball league and even skydiving.




Dr. Dick Lincoln, Senior Pastor

Shandon Baptist Church

‪5250 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29206-5403

‪(803) 782-1300


Hal Mayer, Ph.D., Lead Pastor

The Church At The Bay

12717 Tar Flower Drive, Tampa, FL 33626

(813) 579-3978


Thomas Hammond, GPS Leader NAMB

3179 Lauren Nicole Lane

Buford GA 30519

(404) 406-1879


Buck Burch, Lead State Missionary

Georgia Baptist Convention

6405 Sugarloaf Parkway

Duluth, GA 30097



Rick Gage, Evangelist

P.O. Box 2138, Duluth, GA 30096

(770) 757-3450


Dr. Tommy Ferrell, Lead Pastor

Briarlake Baptist Church, 3715 Lavista Road

Decatur, GA 30033

(404) 325-4214


Dr. Chris Carr, Strategy Coordinator

International Mission Board

Bashkortostan, Russia



Allen Jones, Minister to Students

Westside Baptist Church

554 Pinewood Road, Sumter, SC 29154

(803) 479-3788


Harold and Shirley Stewart

6 Frederick Ct, Sumter, SC 29150


Maureen Dunton, Principal

Westside Christian Academy

554 Pinewood Road

Sumter, SC 29154

(803) 983-9043


Ralph Pressley

2759 Livesy Tr.

Tucker, GA 30084

(404) 281-4930


Dean Johnson

475 Mallard Drive

Sumter, SC 29150

(803) 840-1660


Pete Anderson

3350 Butterworth Cir, Sumter, SC 29154

(803) 468-6075


Steve and Terri Newman

1205 Warwick Dr., Sumter, SC 29154

(803) 847-0305


Greg and Tina Jeffers

877 Smith Road, Oneida, TN 37841

(423) 215-2777


James and Lisa Minick

297 Poor Robin Road Ext., Baxley, GA 31513

(912) 367-9722


Greg and Sandra Ross

2820 Ravines Road

Middleburg, FL 32068

(904) 282-7509


Additional references available upon request