Mr. Mark E. Lovvorn is chairman and CEO of Providence Bancshares Corporation and chairman of Providence Bank of Texas, with offices in Dallas, Southlake, and Fort Worth. As a banking veteran with a federal bank regulation background, he has been Dallas chairman of a large public banking company and the founder of de novo community banks as their chief executive.
Mr. Lovvorn received BBA (’76) and BAcc (’77) degrees from Baylor and is a CPA (’79). For 24 consecutive years, he has served Texas Baptists through the boards of HighGround Advisors and HighGround Trust, which manage charitable institutional endowment assets. He also serves as chairman of Marketplace Ministries Foundation. Mr. Lovvorn is chairman of the finance committee and the planning and development committee of First Baptist Church of Dallas, which oversaw the $135-million re-creation of the church’s downtown campus—the largest single church building project in modern history—and which continues to direct campus expansion projects. He and his wife, Patty (BS ’77), a former Baylor yell leader, are active in the church’s decision counseling ministry. A former deacon chairman, he also enjoys sharing the message of Christ with inmates in the Dallas County Jail.
The Lovvorns are active members of the Louise Herrington School of Nursing Dean’s Board and have established an endowed scholarship in nursing. He also enjoys programs of study in theology and apologetics through Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. They have four children: Ben (JD ’07), Jason (Baylor football, BBA ’08), Tricia (BA ’10)—all of whom serve in vocational Christian ministry—and Justin, a graduate student basketball player at Oral Roberts University. They also have nine grandchildren.