Mark moved to Cook County in the spring of 2001 to be the pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. In 2008 after learning more about the losses of pollinators world-wide and receiving encouragement from a beekeeping friend who knew of Mark's life long interest in entomology, Mark created an apiary in his backyard and has been surrounded by bees since. Acquiring local bees from a Cook County beekeeper Mark's apiary has grown to six hives. He has chosen to practice a style of beekeeping that could be called 'natural.' He uses no pesticides or medications and looks to rearing bees that are adapted to our northern clime.