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Everyone has a story to tell. Once told, a story has the ability to stir the soul, create connection, and empower an idea into action. Trevecca alumnus Mark Rayburn ('13, Sports Management) shares his story as often as he can.

Mark grew up in east Tennessee and played baseball in high school. Though he attended church regularly, he was quick to choose popularity over integrity. In his senior year of high school, Mark was recruited to play baseball at Trevecca. When finances did not work out for him to attend, Mark chose to attend a community college. During those two years, he continued to make poor choices, and he saw his life spiraling out of control. He then received another call from the baseball coach at Trevecca and transferred as a junior.
 
With the influence of coaches and teammates at Trevecca, Mark began to see his need for God, authenticity, and connection with other Christians. After a probing question from a teammate, Mark gave his life to Christ and has since begun encouraging fellow teammates and students in their journey. Mark describes his Trevecca experience as life-changing, and he now seeks to live for Christ, as opposed to living for himself.
 
Mark graduated in December 2013 and now serves as graduate assistant for the baseball team while in the graduate organizational leadership program at Trevecca. He is not only a coach for the team, but he also serves as a mentor and friend. He leads weekly Bible studies with student-athletes and hopes to become a head coach.
 
If you feel led to empower a student like Mark, consider making a donation to Trevecca today. With your gift, our students have the chance to become the people they aspire to be. To give, follow the links below.

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