Kentucky Minister Drowns on Mission Trip to Mexico

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His mission in life was to minister to others.
But in the end, it was that ministry that may have cut a Kentucky man's life short.
41-year-old Mark Angel was on a mission trip in Mexico, when he drowned Sunday night.
He was swimming with two college students at the time. They tried to save him, but couldn't.
His friends and family say he really was an angel, whether he was hiking the hills, building homes for the homeless, or creating liveliness for those in need.
They say he was one man who truly practiced what he preached.
Angel interned at Southland Christian Church, and went on to be the youth minister at Russell Christian Church in Ashland.
Angel leaves behind a wife and a four year old daughter.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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  • by bryan zippin Location: florida on Aug 29, 2009 at 06:05 AM
    i just found out mark passed away.i went to high school with mark. we really were close in school.hung out all the time.after 20 yrs i found mark again. we chatted several times and i remembered why i liked being his friend.he was kind and compassionate.3 yrs ago i talked to him for the last time but always thought of him and his ministry.i was so excited for yrs ago when i seen him at dearborn county hospital ministering to the patients there.our paths have led us in different directions but i always cared for him and his prayers go out to his family and friends.i will truly miss him.i was looking forward to possibly seeing him at the colerain i know my reunion will be in the greatest place of all!one day i will be able to tell mark his friendship was one of a kind and that i always respected that. until then i will keep his family in my prayers and his memory in my heart.bryan
  • by Chris (Tkach) Chelette Location: Cleveland, TN on Dec 30, 2007 at 07:53 PM
    I am almost speechless at the loss of Mark Angel. Most people don't fulfill their life's purpose, but Mark surely has. The Lord knows the number of hairs on our head and the number of days we will live on Earth before we return to live with Him in Heaven. Mark used his days wisely. Just like his favorite music artist, Rich Mullins, Mark ministered to so many people. Our friendship dates back to 1985. He was mission-minded and loved people. He left this Earth doing what he loved...serving Gog and serving people. For his friends who were with him when he passed...just know that his last day on Earth was also his first day in Heaven. For his wife...he chose you to spend his life with and for that you are so blessed. For his daughter...what a great Daddy he was and how much he loved you! The entire Angel family, congregation, and friends are in our prayers. Mark was always so special to me, and he will be greatly missed. We are all blessed to have had him in our lives!
  • by Clara Location: San Diego, CA on Jun 15, 2007 at 11:34 PM
    Just a few people always have time to listen and encourage you. Mark Angel was one of the few. I will always remember him and how he blessed me and my family. He will be missed by all who knew him.
  • by Sue Location: Harrison, OH on Jun 15, 2007 at 11:58 AM
    Mark was a close friend of mine from Jr. High through college. Though I have only seen him a few times in the past 20 years, my heart is broken with his death. I feel like a part of me has died, too. I am so glad he is in Heaven and we will all see him again some day. My heart goes out to Lori, Riley, his parents, and brothers. I continue to pray for all of you!
  • by Melissa Location: Cincinnati on Jun 10, 2007 at 07:27 PM
    My heart is heavy as I have just found out the loss of one of our brothers, Mark Angel. Mark and I worked together at Howell's Mill Christian Assembly church camp in WV when I was a teenager. He had a gracious spirit about him, and his love for the Lord was strong. My thoughts and prayers go to his family, to his church, to the thousands of lives he has touched. It was a blessing to have had fellowship with him. May his light shine bright and the Lord's work continue. God Bless you Mark Angel.
  • by Lucy Romo Location: Matamoros,Mexico on Jun 8, 2007 at 12:37 PM
    Thanks God because my husband Jorge and me were blessed with the chance to meet Mark Angel, we could appreciate the great love and peace of this heart, In our hearts is sadness so we trust someday shall see him again then we'll talk the same language, Our prayers go out to Mark's family specially for his wife and daughter God Bless you
  • by Vangie Location: Hudson, MA on Jun 8, 2007 at 02:26 AM
    My thoughts and prayers are with Lori and Riley at this very difficult time. I met Mark and Lori last year when Barb and Brent Fowler brought them to Massachusetts. I was only with them for a short time but it was as if I had known them forever. I was very impressed with them as a couple and was so happy that my stepdaughter and her husband had such wonderful best friends. God Bless you both, Lori and Riley.
  • by Michelle Location: Matamoros, Mexico on Jun 7, 2007 at 06:38 PM
    This is a translation of the message below from Pastor Gerardo: Our hearts are heavy. Here on earth we have lost a Christian brother and a friend. Mark, last Sunday morning, shared Communion with us in the church here in Matamoros. We sang together, prayed together, worked together and enjoyed time together. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to know a great man of God, to have fellowshipped with him, and to be with him that day. We send our deepest sympathy to his wife Lori and his 4yr old daughter,to his dear friends and to his church where they regularly unite to worship and serve. Even through the sadness, we know that this is not a "goodbye" but rather a "see you soon friend." Because Christ lives we believe that Mark Angel lives and we will also live forever. With love: Gerardo Dominguez Barrientos. Pastor of the Villa Chrstian Church, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico
  • by Pastor: Gerardo Location: Matamoros Mexico on Jun 7, 2007 at 12:18 PM
    Nuestro corazon esta adolorido. Hemos perdido aqui en la tierra a un hermano y un amigo. Mark, el domingo por la mañana, compartió la Santa Cena con nosotros. Cantamos juntos, oramos juntos, trabajamos juntos y nos divertiamos juntos. Tuve la bendicion de haber conocido a un Gran hombre de Dios, de haber convivido con el, y de haber estado a su lado en su ultimo aliento. Enviamos nuestro mas sentido pesame a su esposa Lory y a su hija de 4 años, a sus amigos amados y a su iglesia donde se reunia regularmente para adorar y servir. A pesar de la tristeza, sabemos que este No es un "Adios", sino un "hasta pronto amigo"; "Porque Cristo Vive, creemos que MarK Angel Vive y nosotros viviremos tambien para siempre. Con amor: Gerardo Dominguez Barrientos Pastor de la Iglesia de Cristo La Villa Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
  • by Angel Beardsley Location: Ashland, KY on Jun 6, 2007 at 10:14 PM
    My heart and prayers go out to Mark's family as well as all of the lives he has touched. Many of my friends are at a loss at this moment, I'm not very eloquent, but He is in Heaven...without a doubt. We suffer on earth because of the shall see him again my friends! I believe his influence both professionally and personally will live on.....God Bless Mark and his family...Everyone involved will be forever in my prayers and I shall see you some day, my friend. ~Angel Beardsley~ Ashland, KY
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