In Acknowledgement of Dr. Franklin
2012 Resolution #4
Bob Jones University awarded Mark Franklin the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity at their 85th commencement on May 3, 2012.
Dr. Bruce McAllister, who presented the candidate, shared several events in the life and ministry of Pastor Franklin. Mark was saved at the age of 12 through the youth ministry of Bethel Community Church. He graduated from Baptist Bible College, Clarks Summit, PA, in 1979 and was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1981. He and Elizabeth Keep were married in 1980 and are the parents of four children. They have one grandchild.
The Hardingville Bible Church called young Mark as their pastor in 1982, and for thirty years he has served faithfully this dear flock at the country crossroads. The joy of his life is the pastorate. One of the special features of his distinguished ministry has been the Pastoral Internship Program. Eleven men have participated in this program and are now serving Christ in their own individual ministries. Several of them are members of the FFBC.
The University recognized him as a gifted preacher, and a humble and gracious leader in fundamentalism, who has served on the Executive Committee of both the FFBC and ACCC for twenty-five years. He has been president of our fellowship for three terms and is a noted speaker at camps and conferences. Pastor Franklin has traveled abroad on two occasions to teach the Word to pastors who labor in the persecuted church.
We, the Fellowship of Fundamental Bible Churches, meeting in Annual Session at the Tri-State Bible Conference in Montague, NJ, August 13-16, 2012, commend BJU for their recognition of Pastor Franklin for his positive leadership, his warm pastoral heart, his gifted pulpit ministry, and his diligent mentoring of young men for ministry. We also congratulate our dear brother and personal friend, and rejoice with him for God’s goodness and grace.
May the Lord continue to grant wisdom, strength, and guidance to you, Dr. Franklin, as His servant and messenger.