Meet Mark and Mary
Mark and Mary Axness are the founders of Rekindle Retreat and celebrate 40 years of marriage together. Taking their complementary health backgrounds and applying Biblical principles to covenant marriage, they are passionate about helping couples to reconnect their marriage. Domestically they have facilitated conferences at resorts and cruises specifically designed for medical marriages and personally assisted their families with the difficulties associated with physician marriage. Mark and Mary continue to serve as missionaries in Asia's House Churches and both are certified instructors from Jimmy Evans at "Marriage Today" ministry out of Gateway Church in Dallas, Texas.
Mark is an undergraduate of North Dakota State University, and a graduate of both the University of California (San Francisco CA) and The Mayo Clinic (Rochester MN). He is a triple board certified physician and surgeon in anesthesiology, pain management, and palliative care. Relentlessly caring for patients, Mark serves at Cancer Treatment Center of America. As a husband, father of two children, and grandfather, he recovered from "know it all" to "trusting it all" to God. Mark has done marriage ministry with his wife Mary in Asia for 10 years in addition to volunteering at various medical missions. He currently attends church at Bethel Atlanta.
Mary studied at North Dakota State University wishing to become a dietician, but gave up that education to support her husband Mark in his medical pursuits. She has worked alongside both dental and medical professionals, in addition to operating a skin care practice for 7 years. Mary partnered at a multi-faceted integrative medical facility, meeting her eventual health mentors and later graduated from the College of Natural Health. During her 18 unforgettable years as a content home maker, she served 10 years in Bible Study Fellowship and as city coordinator with Moms In Touch International Prayer Ministry for schools, teachers, and students. As an ordained minister and graduate of Victory Bible College in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mary has a heart for igniting health in people. She currently attends church at Bethel Atlanta, graduating from the BASSM school of ministry and now serves in their sozo inner healing ministry.