The Speaker

Mark Gregston is the founder and executive director of Heartlight Ministries, a residential counseling center for teen located in Longview, TX, where he lives with sixty high school students from around the country.  He is also the host of the popular Parenting Today’s Teens daily and weekend radio program  heard on over 1,400 radio outlets, helping parents across North America navigate through the turbulent waters of adolescence.

A popular speaker and seminar leader, Mark blends humor and storytelling with Biblical insights for parents wanting a deeper relationship with their teen, and helps parents of pre-teens become prepared for their child’s upcoming adolescent years.

Mark’s background as a youth pastor, a Young Life area director, and director of Heartlight Ministries coupled with his passion for helping parents caught in difficult situations provides the foundation from which he speaks; a platform of practicality and effectiveness.

Mark has been married for thirty-eight years to his high school sweetheart, Jan, who has tolerates his crazy schedule of working with kids, writing, traveling, leading seminars, and recording radio programs. Mark has one wife, two kids, three grandchildren, three llamas, a donkey, one dog, one cat and way too many horses.


“Mark refuses to pull any punches or sidestep any difficult situations. He speaks directly to the issues.”

Joe White
President, Kanakuk Kamps