Mark Allen killingworth

Mark Allen Killingsworth, 64, loving husband and father of five, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, after a challenging battle with ALS.
Killingsworth was born on Nov. 18, 1956, in Walnut Grove, the son of Rev. Lon and Maxine Killingsworth.  At the age of 17, he was called into full time ministry and after graduating high school in Walnut Grove, he went on to earn his degree in music education from Missouri State University, also attending Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Killingsworth married, Vickie, on April 16, 1976, and they launched directly into ministry serving in multiple churches throughout Southwest Missouri. They began their ministry together in 1973 as youth pastors at Temple Baptist Church in Springfield. In 1978, they became youth pastors at Hamlin Baptist Church in Springfield. In 1980, they were called to First Baptist Church in Mount Vernon and served there for 8 years as full-time music and youth pastors. In 1988, Mark planted and pastored Covenant Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, which is still thriving today. The Lord then led Mark to plant and pastor Stonebridge Church (now Riverstone Fellowship) in Nixa  in 2001 and then finalized his time in ministry back at Hamlin Baptist Church in 2016, until his retirement in 2020. They blessed many lives during their 47 years in ministry together.
Killingsworth was preceded in death by his father, Lon Killingsworth, his father-in-law, Noel Blankenship, his sister-in-law, Valerie Killingsworth, and an infant son prior to birth.
Killingsworth is survived by his wife Vickie, his five children and spouses, Aaron (Lindsay), Sean (Shaunda), Ashley (Brandon), Kurt (Katie), Brett, and nine grandchildren.
Killingsworth is also survived by his mother Maxine Killingsworth, his brothers Scott, Gary, and Lonnie and his mother-in-law Marjorie Blankenship.
Visitation will be from 11 until service time at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Springfield. Celebration of life service will begin at 2 p.m., at the church with burial to follow at Greene Lawn Cemetery, Walnut Grove.
In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to help support the Hamlin Baptist Church children's building fund by giving online at or the ALS Association.


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