Mark Burrows, award-winning singer, composer, and author, is the director of both childrenâ€™s ministries and fine arts at First United Methodist Churchâ€”Fort Worth, Texas. As a two-time finalist for D Magazineâ€™s Best Childrenâ€™s Entertainer, he has written numerous childrenâ€™s songs, many of which air on Sirius XM Radio. One of his songs, â€œAmazon Rock,â€ was recorded by Nick Records for Dora the Explorer. Seven of his titles have received the Childrenâ€™s Music Web Award, and his four childrenâ€™s albums have won a total of nine national awards.
A puppetry enthusiast, Burrows created and directs the Threadbare Theatre puppetry troupe, which has repeatedly performed at libraries, festivals, and the Dallas Museum of Art. He taught music at First United Methodist Church Preschool and Stephen C. Foster Elementary School, where he received the honor of Teacher of the Year. He is a member of Childrenâ€™s Ministry Forum and Christian Educators Fellowship.
After receiving his BM in music education from Southern Methodist University, Burrows enrolled at Texas Christian University and graduated with a MA in conducting. He lives in Fort Worth with his wife, Nina, and his daughters, Emma and Grace.