John Mark Trent

August 15, 1956October 5, 2011

TRENT, John Mark, 55, a Wetumpka resident, died Wednesday, October 5, 2011. Visitation will be held Friday, October 7, 2011, from 5-7 PM at Alabama Heritage Funeral Home. His Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2011, at 10:30 AM, from Alabama Heritage Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastors Rick Addison and Glenn Hemrick officiating. He was born on August 15, 1956 in Troy, Ohio, to Steeley and Annetta Trent, died on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 from an accident. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Faith Sadler Trent, three sons, Nathan Wesley (25), Benjamin Whitefield (21) and his wife Rachel, Andrew Steeley (18), Sister Hope Welbaum and husband Dean (Noblesville, Indiana). He is survived by three “adopted” children, Becky, Josh, and David and a large extended family that he loved dearly. John Mark served as a pastor for 30 years, serving churches in Michigan, Kentucky, and Alabama. For the past 15 years he served as a Marriage Family Therapist in the Montgomery area. His loves were his God, his wife, his boys, and his large circle of friends – to know him was to love and respect him. He was an avid Kentucky Wildcats Basketball and CincinnatiRed’s Baseball fan. He loved camping and fishing and the Rocky Mountain West. He was avid reader and thoroughly enjoyed debating philosophy and theology. He loved to teach and that influenced everything he did. Dr. Trent was licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Alabama and a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. He held a Masters Degree in Family Therapy from Southern Christian University and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Auburn University. He was a senior staff therapist at The Samaritan Counseling Center, Inc., focusing his ministry at the center on children and families. He was Director of the Ph.D. program in Family Therapy at Amridge University, where he also served as Director of Research, Evaluation, and Analysis in the School of Leadership and Human Services. He was a past president of the Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy and past treasurer of the National Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Samaritan Counseling Center Client Assistant Fund to assist under-resourced families with obtaining needed counseling services. Condolences may be offered at Alabama Heritage Directing.


  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, October 8, 2011
  • Visitation Friday, October 7, 2011

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Patti Mann

November 4, 2011

Dr Trent You will truly be missed by emily and I. You made a huge impact on emily and she has cried and wants to see Dr. Trent again. We will see you one day in heaven. Thank You Love Patti and Emily Mann

Melinda Stewart

October 13, 2011

I have worked at Sav-A-Life for 24 years now. When John Mark was Pastor at College Grove, I sent him a client for counseling. I remember that he graciously offered his services pro bono and made a tremendous impact in that young woman's life. He will always be remembered fondly in my heart. May our God of all grace, comfort his wife, family, and friends at this time.

Kellie Istvan

October 11, 2011

Though my children and I only knew Dr. Trent for a short period of time, he made a strong positive impact on our lives. Our prayers are with his family.

Rick Hendricks

October 10, 2011

As a former student, Dr. Trent is remembered by me as a man of faith, knowledge, and wisdom that he willingly translated to us as students. I had the privilege of enjoying his company at an AAMFT National Conference. He certainly will be missed by many.

Jack and Ginger Pittman

October 10, 2011

Our deepest sympathy to Faith and the rest of John Mark's family. He was such a wonderful pastor during our time at College Grove and continued to be a good friend. We may not have seen him but thought of him often. And of course when Kentucky played basketball, John Mark's name was always mentioned. All our love to you and your family.

Nan Tompkins

October 10, 2011

Precious Faith, I was so sorry to read about your loss. May the Lord comfort you and heal your broken heart. Brenda Podoll and I work together now at Mental Health. We love you and will pray for you and your family. Love always, Nan Tompkins

Vivian Hardy

October 10, 2011

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

October 8, 2011

Dr. Trent inspired me! After only one week he touched me in a way that drove me to change my feild of study. I struggeled for two years trying to figure out which school to finish my doctorate. After his last day speach

October 8, 2011

Dr. Trent inspired me! After only one week he touched me in a way that drove me to change my feild of study. I struggeled for two years trying to figure out which school to finish my doctorate. After his last day speach

Brendan Ryals

October 8, 2011

I admired the way Dr.Trent helped so many people in so many ways. He helped me through so many things in life. He taught me so much, from playing cards to handling the toughest situations in life. We have shared so many heart felt coversations. I wish he only knew what a positive influence he was in my life. I will always remember him and miss him very much.