By: Rod Light
Life Pacific College’s mission is to develop leaders prepared to serve God in the Church, the workplace, and the world. Warrior point guard Mark Eden is just that kind of leader.
Eden is responsible for running the plays and setting the pace for Coach Tim Cook’s nationally ranked (number six in the nation as of this writing) men’s basketball squad. It’s a big task for the smallest player on the team…but nothing he can’t handle. As the man most often with the ball in his hands he is directly responsible for the success of his teammates.
An example of his unselfish servant leadership was the moment he was asked for the season’s highlight so far. Eden said, “It has to be Blake’s shot.” He was referring to a perfectly executed play by the Warriors that culminated in a three-point shot by Blake Terry from 35 feet out, as time expired, to beat the Santa Cruz Banana Slugs by one point. “I am never going to forget that one!” he said.
Eden came to LPC after transferring from San Diego Christian University. “Things didn’t work out as expected there, but that ended up being a blessing in disguise, because God then lead me to LPC. Getting to be at LPC and working with Coach Cook has been a great blessing,” Eden shared.
Off the court, he is a business major with a sight on following his passions for basketball and the Lord into a career in which he can mentor young men. He looks at business as “a bigger purpose than making money – it is an opportunity to share my faith.”
Coach Cook sums up Eden this way, “'Mark is a natural-born leader, with Christian beliefs and instincts that will help him have great character traits as he develops. It's our aspiration in LPC athletics to send Christians into the world for the glory of His kingdom. We are blessed to have him on our team!”