Mark Penrith joined Radio Pulpit as a presenter in 2021 and quickly became a trusted voice within our community. He grew up in Port Elizabeth in a God-fearing home. However, he rebelled against the church and parental authority and moved up to Johannesburg to start a career in IT.
His girlfriend followed him to Gauteng. She desired that they go to church on Sundays. Fourteen weeks and 14 churches later, she was close to giving up. Mark had said, “I’m done; I’m not going to go to church and be a hypocrite like everyone else in the building.”
As a last attempt, Liezl suggested attending a small non-denominational church down the road from where they were staying. That morning Mark and Liezl were confronted with their sinful state and desperate need for a saviour after hearing the Word of God read and preached as truth. Mark’s mother had put the Gospel before him from an early age. He knew that Jesus had died in his place and that He had risen from the grave and was alive. He knew that all men were called upon to repent for the forgiveness of sins. Mark and Liezl placed their faith in Jesus Christ that day.
And so, a process of life change began. Mark and Liezl were married soon after that. Within a few years, they started serving at their local church. After a decade, the church recognised Mark as an elder. Later he was sent as a missionary to Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni to replant and establish the work there. Ten years later, it is a thriving church on the Eastrand, and Mark continues to serve there as senior pastor.
Mark’s long-term friendship with Tyrell Haag meant that he frequented as a guest on Radio Pulpit’s programme Table Talk with Tyrell. As a result, we asked him to take over the show from Tyrell from the beginning of 2021.