Mark Galli was born and raised in California He received his B.A. in History from the University of Southern California at Santa Cruz, his M. Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and did doctoral work at U.C. Davis. He served as a Presbyterian pastor for ten years (four in Mexico City, six in Sacramento), before becoming a journalist. He has spent 22 years as an editor with the following magazines: Leadership; Computing Today; Christian History; and Christianity Today. He has written or co-written nine books, and has led workshops on both writing and editing. Mark and his wife of 36 years, Barbara, live in Glen Ellyn, IL and have three grown children.