Mark and Donna McDonnel have been serving at the Kyiv Theological Seminary (KTS) in Kyiv, Ukraine, one of the most strategic training centers for Christian leaders in the former Soviet Union. Mark trains evangelists, church planters and pastors for a wide variety of ministries all over Ukraine and the former Soviet Union countries such as Russia and Belarus. Donna is involved in a ministry of discipleship and evangelism among women at their church and among seminary wives. Mark and Donna also serve their local church in the church's ministry for those with special needs.
Mark and Donna are both from Houston, Texas. Mark's father is a retired pastor who ministered in the same church for 36 years. Donna became a Christian in college through the ministry of the Baptist Student Union. It was there at the University of Houston that Mark and Donna met and were married after graduation. Their strong desire to serve the Lord brought them together and led them into a variety of ministry opportunities from mission trips to church work, ministry in prisons to ministry in homeless shelters, and just serving the local church in whatever way possible.
Through their time at Dallas Theological Seminary they felt God leading them to serve in the former Soviet republic of Ukraine in discipleship and leadership development. They joined WorldVenture in 1996 and arrived in Kiev in the summer of 1998. They now live there with their daughter Abigail.