Mark McCord is Westmore’s Executive Pastor, overseeing its strategy, operations, finance/administration, and human resources. He spent the last 17 years working internationally as a senior staff member of both the United States Chamber of Commerce and Deloitte Consulting leading U.S.Government economic growth programs around the world. Mark has advised government leaders in some of the world’s most challenging economies and political environments on economic development, competitiveness, and leadership. His work has taken him to more than 90 countries on six continents. Mark has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, a Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, and is currently in Gonzaga’s PhD program in Leadership.
Prior to his international development career, Mark spent 15 years as President and CEO of metropolitan Chambers of Commerce and economic development authorities in the United States. During this time he twice won Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executive of the Year honors and was named to the Governor’s Industrial Team in Oklahoma. He was also appointed by former Oklahoma Governor David Walters to the Workers Compensation Task Force, where he led the effort to modernize that states’ legislation in this area. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executive’s and was named one of “The Top 40 Leaders Under 40” while President of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Mark is a noted author and speaker, having done keynote addresses at leadership and economic conferences around the world. In 2012 he published his first novel, “Intersections.” In 2017, he was named a Senior Policy Fellow by the Rockefeller Foundation and spent three weeks at the foundation’s prestigious Bellagio Center on Lake Como in Italy. He has also been honored by the U.S. government for his work in a number of countries around the world, as well as by foreign governments for his expertise in business and economic development. On his last international assignment, in Kenya, he led the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center East Africa, located in Nairobi, Kenya. His work as Director of the Center necessitated his travel throughout East and Central Africa as a representative of this Presidential initiative and he was honored both by the State Department and the White House Communications Agency for his efforts.
Raised in Oklahoma, he and his wife Debbie have been married for 34 years. They have been part of the Westmore family since 2004, but spent much of that time overseas. They have a 30 year old son, Daniel, a Lee University graduate who is married and lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Mark and Debbie used their international travels to minister to those in need. They have served in some of the most complex political and economic environments in the world and have a heart for global evangelism. They are thrilled to be part of the Westmore family and serving in this capacity.