Ken Marks has served the Permian Basin FCA in the Midland, Texas, area for decades as a Huddle sponsor at Midland Lee High School and an FCA board member. He has been the face of FCA for hundreds of students over the years when Lee High School FCA did not have an area director or FCA staff on which to rely. Marks faithfully served as the Huddle sponsor for more than 30 years alongside his wife, Mary Lee.
Marks has also been a committed member of the newly established board for the Permian Basin area and has brought wise counsel thanks to his long-term involvement with FCA. He has a strong spiritual commitment to the coaches, students and families he touches year after year. Many athletes over the past three decades or more can attribute the beginning of their relationship with Christ to Marks. He has also been a faithful giver to the ministry both financially and prayerfully, but most of all, with his time.
Marks was a member of the Midland ISD School Board in the ’80s when Spike Dykes, the Head Football Coach of Midland Lee, who went on to become the Head Football Coach at Texas Tech University, came to him requesting that an FCA Huddle be started on their high school campus. Since then, Ken and Mary Lee have hosted and led countless FCA meetings in their home, and still actively attend and support every weekly Huddle meeting at the school and have relationships with coaches and their teams.
In 1983, Ken and Mary Lee also began taking athletes from Midland and surrounding schools to FCA Camp at Estes Park. From 1983 to 2015, there has not been a single year that this faithful couple has not raised the support for scholarships and driven athletes to camps that were sometimes several states away. Marks was also instrumental in organizing the first Fields of Faith in Midland more than a decade ago. He was also one of the founding members who helped form the first FCA Leadership Board in Midland and has served for 20 years as the Team Chaplain for the Midland Rockhounds, a local Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.
Ken and Mary Lee have four children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.