When Mark Gungor conducted his first marriage seminar, he did so for one reason—because somebody had to do it, and no one else was reaching the couples in his area. The enthusiastic response he received from his first audience was just the tip of the iceberg. Today, he is one of the most sought-after speakers on marriage and family in the country. Each year thousands of couples attend his Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage® seminars. Mark’s candid and comedic approach uses unforgettable illustrations to teach proven principles that are guaranteed to strengthen any marriage.
“I love to inspire people’s lives with truth and humor. There are a lot of performers that make people laugh, and there are a lot of speakers who give solid principles for living. I want to do both,” Mark says. His take on marriage issues is refreshingly free of both churchy and psychological lingo. “Our secular culture over-romanticizes marriage and our Christian culture over-spiritualizes it. The reality is that relationships between men and women are very down to earth,” Mark comments. “Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage® is about helping couples get it right, get along, have fun, and achieve a successful marriage.” In recent years, he has devoted much time and energy to bringing the Laugh Your Way seminars and materials to the Latino population, a gesture that has drawn an overwhelmingly positive response.
Mark served at Bayside Church in Green Bay, WI as an associate pastor for five years before moving to Stevens Point, WI, where he pioneered a church that grew from 35 to 500 members in four years. He has now returned to Celebration Church, formerly Bayside, to serve as the church’s senior pastor and the CEO of Laugh Your Way America. Mark balances his pastoral duties with a rigorous travel schedule. He speaks for churches, civic events, business meetings and is even a speaker for the US Army.
Mark has been featured on national broadcasts such as Focus on the Family and ABC News. His daily radio program, The Better Marriage Minute, is heard on over 250 radio stations nationwide, and he has been featured in television specials broadcast on the worldwide TBN network. In the fall of 2008, his new radio talk show, The Mark Gungor Radio Show, debuted, broadcasting live over the Internet weekly. He is also the creator of a new television series, Love, Marriage, and Stinking Thinking.
Mark is the author of Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage® (Simon & Schuster, 2008), the book based on his phenomenally successful seminar and years of working with thousands of couples. He is married to Debbie, his high school sweetheart and constant travel companion. The Gungors have been married for over 36 years and have two married children and four grandsons.