Born and raised in Morris, Illinois, a small city seventy miles southwest of Chicago, my landscape growing up consisted mostly of farmland and prairie grass. After high school, I attended Eastern Illinois University and earned a degree in Finance. From there, I went to law school and received by Juris Doctorate at Northern Illinois University. I returned to my hometown and the family law practice where my oldest brother and I were following in the footsteps of my father and grandfather. But I was restless and unfulfilled -- and thus began a long search. I eventually felt called to seminary, not the usual career path after law school! My minister recommended I check out Emmanuel Christian Seminary in East Tennessee. I had never set foot in Tennessee – didn’t know a single person here, but liked the idea of living and studying in the mountains. After much soul searching, I headed for the hills of Tennessee and began a new adventure. While I never did complete seminary, I did find a way to integrate my faith and my legal background and my love of photography at Milligan College, where, in addition to teaching Digital Photography, I taught courses in business ethics, business law and various other legal studies courses.
Appalachian Treks. I especially enjoyed sharing my findings with those who’ve lived in that area all their lives, but never really explored the region’s natural treasures.
Thanks for visiting my blog and happy trails!
Mark W. Peacock
Cañon City, CO