I am the founder and director of Starting Over, A Relationship Recovery Workshop for those experiencing divorce, separation or the loss of a significant relationship. Starting Over began as a result of my own devastating divorce and its’ aftermath. I painfully processed the difficulties of coping and managing a new life as a single adult. It wasn’t easy. I made mistakes, but I learned a lot.

After experiencing one of the most disappointing and emotional times in my life I wanted to help others going through divorce to hopefully avoid some of the miscues I made. I wanted to provide some real recovery with hope, healing and practical insight that would last well beyond the initial divorce.

Since 1992, the Starting Over Workshop has served over 5,000 people. I’ve seen the long term impact of divorce on children and as a result we have held simultaneous workshops for children from early elementary age to high school age.


My blog is primarily focused on issues that come from relational loss. Topics include relatonships, making wise choices, boundaries, dating, singleness, significance and more.

If you are new to my site or the blog, you might want to start with some of my most popular posts. I hope you enjoy the blogs and this website. Please share your comments and suggestions on our contact page.

My Bio

I have been a pastor for over 25 years serving as: Senior Pastor, Canyons Community Church, Castle Rock, CO, Pastor of MOSAIC (Single Adult) Ministries at Woodmen Valley Chapel, Colorado Springs, CO, and other pastorates in CA and CO.

My formal education includes a degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Orange Coast College and a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. In addition I’ve served as a board member of Life Network and Singles’ Focus in Colorado Springs.

I have been ordained by Calvary Chapel of Colorado Springs, American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. In my free time I enjoy running, skiing, competitive softball, traveling, blogging and good books. I have been married to my second wife, Marietta for twenty-eight years and we have two adult children. We live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

My Contact Information

You contact me via email at mark@startingoverworkshops.com or follow me on Facebook or Twitter.