MARK BATTERSON serves as lead pastor of National Community Church (www.theaterchurch.com), which he founded in 1996 in Washington, DC, and it is now one of the most innovative and influential churches in America. NCC is one church with eleven different services in seven locations in movie theaters throughout the DC metro area. NCC is focused on reaching emerging generations and is affiliated with ARC (Association of Related Churches) and the Willow Creek Association. NCC also owns and operates the largest coffeehouse on Capitol Hill, Ebenezer's. Mark holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University and is the New York Times bestselling author of a dozen books, including The Circle Maker, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Wild Goose Chase, The Grave Robber, and If. Mark is married to Lora and they live on Capitol Hill with their three children: Parker, Summer, and Josiah.