Mark grew up in the Los Angeles area and attended Edison High School when his family moved to Huntington Beach in 1976. He became a Christian in 1977 and graduated from Edison in 1980.
At Edison, Mark was very active in sports and ministry. Mark was a tight end and quarterback and a member of what the Orange County Times still considers the “best team to ever come out of Orange County.” The Edison Chargers won the CIF Big Five Championship game 55-0 over Redlands. More importantly, he and his then girlfriend, Janna (now his wife since 1982) used their “influence” at school to start a home Bible Study that impacted hundreds of kids during and well after Mark and Janna graduated. Led by Mark’s older brother, John, and hosted at his parent’s house, this Study continued on for over 17 years and actually forced his parents to “add on” to their house to accommodate the number of kids who attended.
Mark graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1985 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration and an emphasis in Finance. While at USC, Mark was a four year letterman in football helping lead the way to a Pac.10 Championship in 1984 and a win over Ohio State in the 1985 Rose Bowl. Awards while at USC include member of the 1984 Pac-10 All-Academic Team, Three time recipient of the David X. Marks Foundations “Scholar Athlete Award of Honor,” and the John Wayne Memorial Scholarship. He also was very involved with Athletes in Action helping start a chapel program at USC.
In 1985, Mark was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts as a tight end and played for the Colts for 5 years. In 1990, he signed with the New York Jets as a free agent and played another 3 years. Mark was known as a “prolific blocker,” helping Eric Dickerson lead the NFL in rushing in 1988 and the Jets to be a Top 5 NFL Rushing Team in 1990 and 1991. Solid hands helped him catch 170 passes for over 1,500 yards and 6 touchdowns through 114 career games. After 8 seasons in the NFL, Mark retired in 1994 due to a back injury.
Since leaving football in 1994, Mark has been a Financial Advisor and has his own firm called Boyer Financial Services, Inc., located in Huntington Beach. He is also the co-owner of OC Fast-Twitch, a performance training center for athletes in Fountain Valley.
In 1998, Mark became Orange County Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), an athletic based ministry that was founded in 1954. Mark and Janna became involved in the ministry while playing in the NFL and seeing its impact in other parts of the country. Wondering why it hadn’t impacted Southern California as much, both he and Janna’s passion is to see the ministry grow and prosper here at home, influencing thousands of people for Christ.
Mark and Janna have five children, three son-in-law’s & seven grandchildren; Jessica (30) & Adam Goodman and their children Elijah (7), Grace (6), Abigail (2) and Ruth (1), Lauren (29) & Joshua Gage and their children Trenton (6), Laila (4) and Naomi (2), Melissa (27) & Jason Jacobi, Carlie (24) and Markus (20). They currently live in Huntington Beach, California.