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About Mark Stafford

Pastor Mark Stafford served on staff at Canyon Bible Church of Prescott Valley for almost 6 years. He and his wife, Lara, felt called to church planting and Canyon of Prescott Valley sent them to plant a new Canyon Bible Church in the Verde Valley. Mark is a graduate of the Biblical Studies department at Arizona Christian University with highest honors and has served for more than a dozen years in full-time pastoral ministry. Mark loves music and is an active musician playing electric and string bass, acoustic and electric guitar, & keyboard. He has served with several professional Christian touring groups and has been nominated for a Dove award. Pastor Mark is currently bi-vocational while he plants Canyon Verde. He owns a small printing and design company called Ablaze Media. When he is not preaching, leading small groups, playing music or designing graphics, you might find him in his F250 cruising around the back roads of the local national forests, cycling with his sons on the streets around the Verde Valley, or running in a 10K. Pastor Mark and Lara have 4 children and have been married for over 15 years.

Lasting Blessedness from the God Who Blesses Eternally – Psalm 1

Introduction There is one question that consumes the hearts and minds of most people in every culture and in every time period.  That question is: How can I be happy? This week, I typed, “How can I be happy?” into a Google search to see some of the suggestions that people are offering today.  [...]

What Do You Say to Someone Who Says, “I Don’t Enjoy Reading the Bible.”

I served as a youth pastor for many years.  One of my former students wrote an article titled, "I Don't Enjoy Reading the Bible."  He was hoping to encourage people who feel defeated over not getting around to their devotional time.  Here is my response to his comments.  I thought my comments could not [...]

By |2018-01-26T07:40:25+00:00September 1st, 2018|Articles, Blog Posts, Scripture|0 Comments

Real Fellowship is Hard…. and That’s OK

By: Lara Stafford Lately I have been struggling to understand the concept of fellowship. Our church leaders have put together Koinonia groups. In practice, these look a lot like the small groups most churches have. We meet together once a week to discuss the Word. We share meals together. We pray for each other. We talk [...]

By |2018-01-30T09:40:08+00:00January 31st, 2018|Articles, Blog Posts|0 Comments

God’s Gift to Us at Christmas

When God wanted to put His love for us on display, He gave His people a tremendously valuable gift in the person of Jesus on that very first Christmas day.  He delivered His gift to mankind one evening in a stable.  He proved His love for us by meeting our most desperate need with [...]

By |2017-12-14T16:21:13+00:00December 16th, 2017|Articles, Blog Posts, Special Messages|0 Comments

When to Leave Your Church

by Lara Stafford      Someone once told me that there are basically only three good reasons for leaving a church.  The first one is if the pastor is teaching false doctrine from the pulpit.  The second is if you move (with the implied understanding that you become part of a local church in your [...]

By |2017-12-14T15:50:14+00:00December 14th, 2017|Blog Posts, Music, Teaching, Worship|0 Comments

How Loud is Too Loud for a Church Service?

Before I was in church ministry, I was a touring musician.  I traveled with a large concert PA system and I played through a “stadium worthy” 1200 watt amp of my own.  I love to play music so loud that it rattles the windows and shakes the platform. There is a raw energy that comes [...]

By |2017-12-11T09:21:17+00:00December 11th, 2017|Blog Posts, Music, Worship|0 Comments

An Open Letter from Pastor Mark About the Closing of Canyon Verde

To all of those who have called Canyon Verde Home: As I reflect on the last 4-5 years of planting this church, I realize that we have learned a lot and grown a lot together. We have seen so many people come through our doors and many others who have been blessed by the [...]

By |2017-11-20T11:03:42+00:00September 18th, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments


Love for God is the new “normal” for the child of God.  In fact, “love” is at the very heart of who we become when we are adopted into the family of God. How can you tell is someone loves God?   Is it by their bumper sticker? Is it by owning a truly [...]

By |2017-07-30T19:44:32+00:00August 1st, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Love is Evidence of Who You Are

Love is not something Christians do, it’s evidence of who they are.  John often begins his definition of what a Christian value is by defining what it is not.  Our text today shows what love is by first looking at the unloving actions of Cain.  Take a look at 1 John 3:11-12 11 For this [...]

By |2017-07-24T11:55:31+00:00July 28th, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments