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Mark Couch

Pastor, Solid Grounds Student Ministries In a time when religious and cultural differences are causing fractures in communities and tearing nations apart, international students studying in America may feel isolated and alone. But not if Pastor Mark Couch can help it. Couch has worked to make his Solid Grounds Campus Ministries open and welcoming to students of varying religions and cultures. Located at 1720 W. Michigan Ave., in a former farmhouse adjacent to Western Michigan University’s campus, Solid Grounds also serves as a meeting place for the Kalamazoo Refugee Council, a collective of various faith centers, organizations and concerned citizens dedicated to making Kalamazoo as welcoming to refugees as possible. Couch, who is affiliated with Zion Lutheran Church in Kalamazoo, grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, and graduated from the University of Tennessee in

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