Mark is a Bay Area native, having been born and raised in the South Bay. Since 2016, Mark has served in different roles on staff and is currently serving as Lead Pastor. As Lead Pastor, Mark oversees Sunday morning services, Bible studies, and other pastoral duties.
Having a passion for young people and Scripture, Mark graduated from William Jessup University with a double major in Youth Ministry and Bible & Theology. He currently attends Western Seminary to continue his Biblical & theological training. Mark married Melanie, his high school sweetheart, and they have been married for 6 years with three children, Joshua, Anna and Elijah.
Mark is passionate about diving deep into Scripture, answering faith questions, and seeing lives changed by Jesus. His favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6, because it reminds him of the need to be ever close to God and the need to have his entire life revolve around the Lord.
Hobbies: Mark loves spending time with family and friends, watching movies with his wife, and reading books with his little ones.
Heather Piper was born in Munster, Germany, raised in Glasgow, Scotland, and then moved to Coventry, England. As an adult, Heather and her five children lived in Trollhattan, Sweden for 15 years, & Shanghai, China for 6 years.
Heather has been participating in ministry for over twenty years. She started a women's groups for international women in Sweden, led children's Sunday school classes, bible studies, and worked with students with learning difficulties. Heather moved to Palo Alto in 2016, and jumped right in helping at PAFCC! In her role as Associate Pastor, Heather leads our women's ministry, fellowship events, and other pastoral responsibilities.
Heather is passionate about people becoming free to be all they were designed to be. She hopes to help break off the restraints people feel because of past traumas or lies that they have believed. Her heart is to see people healed, whole, and confident in their uniqueness.
Some of Heather's favorite bible verses are Exodus 23:20, Deuteronomy 31:6, and Isaiah 46:9-11. These scriptures always remind her that God has a plan, it will happen, He will always show us the way, and I can trust that He has it all covered.
In her free time, you can find Heather cooking, baking, feeding people, cycling, walking out in nature, reading, or traveling.
Hassan Moses Vakili
Hassan has been leading and participating on worship teams for many years. His passion for music ministry has led him to not only work with people in his home church; but also with many churches throughout the Bay Area. He also enjoys teaching and collaborating, with musicians and singers, in the process of leading people in songs to worship the Lord. He believes songs are an important vehicle we use to express our love to God and exclaim the truths revealed in His word.
Educationally, Hassan completed his studies at San Jose State University and received a graduate degree in Social Work with a dual focus on Children, Youth, and Families; and School Social Work. Later, he returned to San Jose State University to earn another graduate degree in Educational Administration and Supervision. He also completed all the requirements to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of California authorized by Board of Behavioral Sciences. He recognizes that all his accomplishments have been as a result of God’s goodness and grace; and the sacrificial love of his family.
Professionally, Hassan has worked with children and their families for over twenty-five years. He began his career, as a social worker, with Santa Clara County Department of Social Services. After working with Santa Clara County, he accepted a position as an academic emphasis counselor for the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District. He enjoys having the opportunity to work with children, youth, and adolescents during the pivotal stages of their developmental growth.
Outside of his full-time employment with the school district, Hassan provides individual counseling and consultation to youth and families in the areas of child welfare and education, as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. When he is not working; he enjoys working out, songwriting, and spending time with family and friends. One of his favorite Bible verses is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”