Resources and helps from Mark Gregston


Parenting Today’s Teens is offered in two formats, a daily 1-minute feature (now heard daily on over 2,500 radio outlets) and a weekly half-hour (25 minute) topical program (heard on several hundred radio outlets).

Mark GregstonMark Gregston, Host

Parenting Today’s Teens was an idea encouraged by several radio veterans, who sought a broader platform for Mark Gregston to offer help to parents of teenagers.

Mark Gregston is the founder of Heartlight Ministries, a residential counseling program for teens, and the author of several books and workbooks. A popular speaker and seminar leader, Mark offers biblical insights and practical wisdom for parents wanting a deeper relationship with their teen.

For over 30 years, Mark has been helping families and teens through the challenges of adolescence. In the words of Dr. Tim Kimmel, “Mark Gregston’s never met a teenager he can’t believe in or a parent he doesn’t want to help become better. . . . [he] has a clear ‘big picture’ grasp of effective parenting. It’s formatted by the power of God’s grace and seasoned from decades of experience.”

Mark and his wife Jan have been married for 34 years and have two children and two grandchildren.

Wayne ShepherdWayne Shepherd, Co-Host, Announcer

Wayne Shepherd’s voice is heard widely in Christian radio and on many audiobook projects for authors such as Max Lucado, Henry Blackaby, and James Dobson. After 32 years of service at Moody Broadcasting in Chicago, Wayne serves a variety of clients as a voice talent.


“We have a generation of kids in their teen years who are confused and disillusioned. They’ve lost their innocence and they’ve lost what should be carefree days of adolescence. And kids from good Christian

families are falling victim just as much.”
– Mark Gregston

    • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
    • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
    • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
    • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
    • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.
    • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, that they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
    • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus.

“My 17-yr-old daughter is in the middle of a downward spiral.
She is in counseling and as Mark has said, this has brought me to my knees
and back to God in a way no other crisis could have done. I can’t tell you
how much Mark’s wisdom and encouragement means to me and is the only thing
that keeps my head up….Thank You so much for caring when no one else seems

“Mark shares his secrets to survival and success in raising teenagers, offering parents a hand as they struggle for help.”
–Steve Largent, former U.S. Congressman and Member Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“Mark’s ministry overflows with biblical wisdom and practical insights gained over 3 decades of helping other parents like us. His impact on my own family has been measurable and lasting. Implement his insights and God’s blessing will be increasingly yours and your children’s.”
– Dr. James MacDonald, Walk in the Word, Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Church, Chicago

“Mark Gregston is relevent and effective in a painful world for teens. He is making a real difference.”
–Jon Rivers, KLOVE Morning Co-host, Host of 20 the Countdown Magazine

“These are tough times for teenagers, and Mark Gregston offers a rare blend of humor, heart and biblical wisdom.”
–Dr. John Trent, President, and the Center for StrongFamilies

“Mark Gregston’s insight is the calm before, during, and after the storm. To parents of teenagers, he is the voice of hope and optimism.” Lee & Lynn Midkiff – Corinth, TX

“Mark Gregston is one of the most down-to-earth counselors we have ever encountered. He brings a perfect blend of book knowledge and real — life experience dealing with teens.” Jonathan Weingarten – Wantagh, NY

“I’m convinced that if it had not been for Mark Gregston, our daughter would not be alive today. Mark not only taught our daughter how to live upright, he also taught my wife and me the skills we needed for change within our home.” Kevin Harrell – Glen Ellyn, IL

“Mark’s logical approach to behavioral issues made addressing and correcting them rewarding and relatively simple. He can adapt to any individual’s problem, and apply an efficient solution. It’s his gift.” Ryan Hurley – Costa Mesa, CA

“For over 30 years, Mark Gregston has ‘got it’ when it comes to understanding teens. Teens love Mark. I’ve seen it in hundreds of teen faces. They know he understands who they are, where they hurt. I can’t think of a better person to help me understand my own teenagers.” Elliott Snuggs – Los Angeles, CA

“Mark has the God-given talent of probing the heart of a teenager, identifying their struggle and offering a common sense biblical perspective on living through it. I experienced Mark’s gift first-hand and am now attempting to pass it down to my kids.” James Brookhart – Bentonville, AR

“My teen was committed to a path of self-destruction, full anger and brokenness. Mark’s wisdom and experience helped her choose another path full of happiness, hope and joy. Not only does Mark help teens, he helps parents realize what they can do to create a better family.” Anne Northington – Raleigh. NC

“Mark Gregston has drawn from his 30+ years of relational and counseling experience to provide answers that actually work!” Tom Nisbett – Longview, TX