Pastor Mark A. Couch was born in Philadelphia in 1974, but was raised in Atlanta. He has a heart for people, known for making others feel welcomed and unjudged; having the unique ability to inspire, encourage and motivate those who have given up on life, church and God.
In November 2001, he and nine others formed Emmanuel Tabernacle Baptist Church. Pastor Couch responded to the call of God to plant ETBC, in the heart of the inner city. He chose Dill Avenue in Atlanta, known at that time for its gangs, prostitution and drugs. The church however quickly grew through creative programs and partnerships that addressed the needs and issues plaguing the community.
In 2013 Pastor Couch with new ideas and vision birthed Life Line Church in Fairburn GA. With the determination to reach millennials and the un-churched, Life Line launched in the auditorium of Langston Hughes HS. In 2015, partnering with Langston and the Fulton County School Board, Pastor Couch started the “S.H.I.F.T Teen Movement.” A faith based 501c3 organization that meets during school hours re-introducing faith and prayer, connecting teenagers to their dreams and inspiring change.
Pastor Couch received his Bachelor of Arts degree in biblical studies from Carver Bible College, a Masters of Christian Education from Luther Rice University and completed graduate studies in Israel. He is currently a full time Pastor, Chaplin for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, and President of Couch Media Group. He is married to his soul mate, Ivy and they have two beautiful children, Mark-Allen Couch and Zion Joy Couch.