Mark and Dan Witt

Dan and Mark were born in the small town of Meyersdale, PA. Their parents, Walter and Cathy Witt had 4 children that included older and baby sisters. Mark and Dan were very close growing up and at early ages, enjoying time with dad fishing or to the woods on a hunting adventure. During Mark’s 1st deer hunt at the age of 12, Dan was 14, their father was tragically killed in a hunting accident, an event that would change and impact each family member’s life forever. In spite of the hunting accident, both Mark and Dan continued to hunt and grow in their love for the outdoors.

Mark met and married his wife Carla 31 years ago and they have three children ages 17 and two 13 year olds. He has been employed with the Department of Defense for 27 years and has travelled the world in support of the military. Mark and his family currently reside in the Huntsville, AL and his current job with the DOD is to provide support for the Army Aviation and Missile Command.

Dan married his wife Donna 30 years ago and they have 2 sons, Hunter, 28 and Cody, 25, a daughter-in-law, Angela, and grandson, Kyler. Dan has worked as an Assistant Town Manager for the past 13 years for the Town of Altavista, VA and has worked in local government for over 25 years.

Both Mark and Dan became Christians as a result of their dad’s witness. Mark was saved at the age of five and Dan at age seven. Both have been involved in various ministries within their churches. Dan was a Sunday school teacher for over 20 years both with teenagers and children. He is a deacon and currently a leader in the Outdoorsmen 4 Him outdoor ministry. He and his wife volunteer each week at the church’s food pantry that feeds nearly 400 families within the community each month.

Mark has served as a deacon, taught Sunday school and youth classes for many years. He has also taught Vacation Bible School and has been a Camp Counselor. His one true passion is sharing the good news of the gospel of Christ!

‘Following our Father’, the feature article in the Dec11/Jan12 Field and Stream magazine, details the account of the hunting accident and the journey that resulted. Ultimately God used this tragedy and opportunities to share their story , faith, forgiveness and most importantly the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ were the end result. “We both love the outdoors and we both love to share our faith! What better way to have the best of both worlds – sharing our faith with folks who have the same passion for hunting and experiencing the beauty of God’s incredible outdoor creations.”

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“Mark and Dan have a unique ministry, in the fact Mark has the heart of an evangelist and connects very well with those who have not accepted Christ yet. Dan, on the other hand connects very well to those who are struggling in their relationship w/God and need to yield to Christ’s Lordship. While I have heard their story many times, each time I have been touched and their story continues to draw me in. I highly recommend them. While their message and story especially connects with Sportsman, I have seen them minister to a wide range and age of individuals. We had them speak on Sunday morning, in a High School, to College and Career students, at an archery event and at our Sportsman’s Dinner and each time God moved, speaking to lives. Nearly 1 in 6 gave their lives to Christ and many more made a re-commitment decision. I can not recommend them more highly.”
Pastor Lennie Fahnestock, Vineland Missionary Church
Mark and Dan visited our church recently way up in Northern Minnesota and shared a powerful story of how God has been working in and through their lives since the hunting accident of their father. It was a powerful service as they both brought in the message of Christ in a powerful way that challenged many non-believers into a personal relationship with Christ. Their straightforward message also had many of our people in the church rededicating their life to Christ. I highly recommend these two men and their ministry especially if you are a church with a vision for outreach and evangelism within your community. The message is powerful and straightforward presented and supported by scriptural truth with love at the very core.
John Rister, Senior Pastor Backus Nazarene Church
Mark and Dan Witt were with us for our annual Wild Beast Feast here at Liberty Bible Church in Eureka, Illinois. We were so blessed not only by their story, but also by their personal testimony and the way that they clearly shared the gospel with over 350 people. We saw many souls saved that night, and also had many re-commitments to Christ. God was honored, and souls were added to His kingdom. I look forward to what God is going to do through their story. It was a great reminder that God doesn’t make mistakes. I would highly recommend them to others, and appreciate their faithfulness in sharing their faith, and the faith of their father with others. To God be the glory!
Pastor Dan Waller, Associate Pastor Liberty Bible Church Eureka, Illinois

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