Mark Gregston

Mark has spent his entire adult life working with teens and parents, in an effort to offer help and hope to any situation a family might find themselves in.  Mark spent years working with Young Life, was a youth pastor for several years, lived at a Christian sports camp where he developed a home for struggling teens.  Twenty-four years ago Mark and his wife Jan, headed back to Texas to start Heartlight, a residential counseling center for teens.


Through the years, Mark has lived with over 2,500 teens spending countless hours helping, talking, and connecting with teens while developing materials to help families help their child through their teen years. Dr. Tim Kimmel says of Mark, “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.”

From his 38 years of experience of working with teens and their families, Mark shares his insight and wisdom through books, seminars, retreats, and the Parenting Today’s Teens radio program.  The daily radio program is heard on over 900 outlets, and the topical weekend program is heard on over 750 outlets throughout North America.

Mark’s wit and wisdom, shared through stories and reflections of his involvement with teens brings biblical insight and practical help to all who hear him share his heart about families and teens.  Lessons learned from those that have struggled with their teens, are communicated to parents preparing their child for the teen years, or find themselves caught in the turbulent adolescent years with their teen through the mediums of the spoken and written word.

Mark and his wife Jan, have been married for 37 years and have two children, both of whom are married and have blessed them with three wonderful grandchildren.  They also have one son-in-law, one daughter-in-law, one dog, a few llamas, and way too many horses.


Wayne Shepherd

Wayne Shepherd is a veteran radio broadcaster with over 40 years of experience as a programming manager and radio host.  Wayne is the host of several nationally syndicated radio programs.  He is also the voice 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 is now the owner of Wayne Shepherd Communications and serves a variety of ministry clients with his voice talent.”

Mark and Wayne partner together in the studio with the folks from Kemp & Company to produce a radio program that is biblical in principle, practical in application, sound in wisdom, and helpful to all listeners.


What others say of Mark Gregston

“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 to!!!!!!!!!”

“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 relevant and effective in a painful world for teens. He is making a real difference.” –Jon Rivers, 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, StrongFamilies.com 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. N

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