Rev. Dennis Marquardt grew up in a loving Christian home in St. Joseph, MI, and was very involved in church life. His grandfather was an Assembly of God minister, and his uncle served as both a pastor and district superintendent for a number of years. After starting out in college as a pre-med major, he transferred to Central Bible College in Springfield, MO, and after receiving his bachelor's degree in 1975, he took his first pastorate in Golden Valley, ND--a church his grandfather had planted in 1935. From there, he and his wife, Bevie Jo, moved to Arlington, VA, where he served several years as a youth pastor in a large urban Assembly of God church four miles from the White House in Washington, D.C. Following this youth pastorate, he and his wife planted a new Assembly of God church in Vergennes, VT, under the Northern New England District Assemblies of God home missions program and served that congregation for 24 years as its senior pastor.
Though Vergennes was a small city of around 2,500 people, Dennis and Bevie Jo joyfully witnessed over their 24 years of ministry in this small city nearly 1,000 people coming to know Christ as their Lord and becoming a part of the church. After three building programs on 10 acres of land in Vergennes and 24 years of service to the congregation, he was elected in May, 2002, to serve as district superintendent of the Northern New England District of the Assemblies of God, which covers the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont--approximately 111 churches. He also serves as a General Presbyter on the national body of the Assemblies of God and as a member of the boards of trustees for Valley Forge Christian College in Phoenixville, PA, and Zion Bible Institute in Barrington, RI. He serves on several other boards, such as Teen Challenge of New England and Chi Alpha college campus ministries.
Preaching is one of the great joys for Dennis, the thrill of discovery in God's Word never grows old, and especially the nature of sermons done in a series, a practice of his throughout his preaching career as a pastor. His other hobbies and joys are electronics (computers) and his special customized Harley Davidson motorcycle, and the occasional downhill skiing. He and his wife have two married children, Christel who is in full-time ministry with her husband Chad (and their son Levi - Dennis and Bevie Jo's grandson!), and a son Jeremy, who works in the restaurant industry with his wife Kim.
Dennis is currently working on his Masters of Arts in Christian Ministries from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, and plans to follow this with a Doctor of Ministries degree.