Lutheran professor emeritus, Charles Amjad-Ali has said that what first drew him to the Christian faith was that it proclaimed a suffering and vulnerable God.
St. Mark was founded as a Lutheran mission congregation in the Elm Grove section of Wheeling, WV in 1917. Since that time the congregation has grown into a thriving community of faith. St. Mark is currently affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America which is the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States. As a part of the ELCA, St. Mark is also a member congregation of the West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod.