bro. mark e. sickling, director of missions

Laura Knight, administrative assistant

Association Staff

Bro. Mark was raised in Calvert City KY.  He is a 1981 Graduate of Marshall County High School; a 1985 graduate of Murray State University; and a 1991 graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Bro. Mark is married to Kristin Brandon Sickling and they have two grown children: Sarah Beth Sickling and Brandon. 

Bro. Mark has served 6 churches in his 32 years of ministry.  He has served churches in extreme Southwest KY; Southeast KY and Southwest Georgia.  Prior to coming to Blood River Baptist Association, in August of 2017, Bro. Mark was the Senior Pastor of La Center KY.

In his spare time, Bro. Mark enjoys golf and deer hunting.

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Laura is originally from Paducah and graduated from Lone Oak High School in 1986. She has lived in Marshall County for 33 years, with her husband Sid Knight from Calvert City. They have two sons, Bryan and Josh, and a daughter-in-law, Emily who is married to Josh.


Laura previously worked in Medical Billing and Medical Office Administration. 


Laura was raised in a very Christ centered home. She is strong in her faith and believes that our sole purpose in life is to serve God and to serve others. Her favorite passage from Scripture is Ephesians 3:14-21.