At age 9 Mark started a lawn care service and had 3 employees. His initial goal was to purchase the brand of tennis shoes he desired but his entrepreneurial thrust opened up his understanding to commerce and business practices. From there everything he thought about had to have business acumen.
Mark Tolbert is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, graduate of Central High School, attended Penn Valley Community College and received his DD from Western Baptist Bible College. In 1989, Bishop Tolbert became Senior Pastor of Victorious Life Church, 3400 Paseo. He is the former President of the Concerned Clergy Coalition of Greater Kansas City (an ecumenical group comprising of 18 Denominations and over 300 Pastors), President of Sparrow Community Development Corporation, former Board Member of the Friends of Sacred Structures, President of Lee A. Tolbert Charter School Board, Diocesan Bishop of the Canadian District Council and Chairman of the Northwestern District Council of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. Bishop Tolbert married Emelda Tolbert in 1978. There were two children born into this marriage, Mark, Jr. (Gone Home to Glory) and Britton Elliot.
Since receiving the mantle to pastor Christ Temple Church in July of 1989, our ministry has grown and flourished under the leadership of Bishop Mark Tolbert. In 2006 there was a name change. Our church pulled together to make a decision and our church name was officially changed to Victorious Life Church. The name changed shows that the congregants are willing to make preparations to minister to the next generation. Victorious Life Church has over 75 active ministries with Christian Education and the Christian Education Electives being at the forefront. One of our major ministries is the drama ministry. For the last 4 years we have performed Stairway to Heaven and the musical production The Wizz to audiences of over 14,000. The response to our productions has been phenomenal. Leadership will be the most important thing in the immediate future. Bishop Tolbert is preparing leaders to lead courageously and vivaciously into the future.
First Lady Tolbert is also a successful entrepreneur. She and her husband are Directors in GNLD International, an organic whole food nutritional products network marketing company. Their down line consist of 1800 distributors and customers which comprises; Africa, Bahamas, Canada, Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago, and 21 states within the United States. Emelda handles the day to day operations of the business, recruits and trains distributors, as well as conduct informational workshops on a national and international level. They have been recipients of numerous GNLD top producer awards.
First Lady Tolbert is a woman of Faith. In 1998 she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. While being treated for Breast Cancer she and her husband lost their 19 year old son in a car accident. She is cancer free and medicine free and attributes her victory to faith in God, prayer, a strong support system and the all-natural, organic whole food GNLD supplements. Emelda’s favorite scripture is Psalms 34:1 “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
As of January 1, 2015 the Northwestern District Council was without a Diocesan due to the transfer of Bishop Horace Smith to Illinois. In January, 2015, Bishop Tolbert was given permission by our Presiding Prelate, Bishop Charles H. Ellis, to serve as the Interim Diocesan of the Northwestern District Council. He will serve as Interim until his Canadian Diocese is assigned a Bishop by the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.
At the March, 2015 Executive Board Session of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., Bishop Tolbert was assigned to the Northwestern District Council, as the Bishop.
Bishop Mark C. Tolbert, Teacher, Preacher, Entrepreneur. Mark was born the 5th child to Lee A. and Lorene Tolbert. You could never keep him still, he was the life of the party. In his early years his entrepreneurial spirit shined through the midst of an era of poverty and despair.