Mark VARUGHESE (Kingdom City, Perth, WA)
Mark & Jemima Varughese are the Senior Leaders of Kingdomcity – a growing, vibrant church of over 18,000 people in seven countries and in 11 cities: Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching & Penang in Malaysia – Perth, Australia – Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Singapore – Gaborone, Botswana – Dubai, United Arab Emirates – London, United Kingdom.
They both love God wholeheartedly and are passionate about church but took very different paths to get there. Mark was born in Singapore in April 1975, raised in Malaysia, from parents of Indian descent but grew up in Perth since 9. He completed his Bachelors of Law and Commerce in UWA and practiced as a lawyer for 5 years before answering the call of God to full time ministry in 2003.
After his ‘burning bush’ experience in 2005, he went to Malaysia in Feb 2006 to pioneer what has today become Kingdomcity. Jemima was born in New Zealand in December 1975 but grew up in the Philippines as the eldest daughter of missionary parents. At 18, she came back to Australia and completed an Arts degree majoring in Communications. She worked for Deakin University in the Marketing and IT division before completing her Masters in Arts majoring in Theological studies in Ministry. After serving as youth pastor, administrator and multiple other roles in her father’s church in Queensland, she married Mark in September 2007 and moved to Malaysia to join him in leading Kingdomcity.
Because of their uniquely diverse backgrounds, they have a big heart for people of all cultures and all ages and are most passionate about seeing the cities of our world impacted by God through the local church. With Kingdomcity located in 1st world, developing world and 3rd world cities in Western, Asian, African and middle Eastern contexts, the heart to ‘make disciples of all nations’ is taking shape.
Blessed with incredible leaders that have been raised, discipled and empowered in each city, the mandate to ‘bring the kingdom to each city’ is what continues to fuel their journey. Mark & Jemima have 2 energetic, growing sons, Zeke (9) and Caleb (5).