J. Mark Bowers writes and trains for the Chalmers Center, a church equipping organization focused on breaking the spiritual, social, and material bonds of poverty. Throughout his time at Chalmers, Mark has overseen the research, development, and pilot-test of US and international development curriculum. He is the co-creator of Faith & Finances and Work Life, financial education and jobs readiness tools aimed at economically empowering people who are poor and restoring fellowship across socioeconomic lines. As part of a church plant, he spends his time after hours with Tannia and Elias, his wife and son, creating community in East Lake—their under-resourced neighborhood on the margins of Chattanooga, Tennessee.