Previous Rector

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ather Mark came to St. Paul’s in January of 2010 as our part-time clergy. After graduating with honors from Messiah College in Pennsylvania in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in history, he went to graduate school at the University of Maryland and studied American intellectual and cultural history, specializing in African American and Women’s history. After sensing a call to ministry, which was affirmed by the Diocese of Maryland, Mark went to the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he received awards for excellence in academics and preaching. He had the honor of learning to preach from the late Rev. Dr. Peter Gomes at the Memorial Church at Harvard University.

After graduating from seminary in 1999, Mark became the associate rector at Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, Massachusetts, working with the junior and senior high youth groups, doing service projects, teaching confirmation, and having lots of fun. He also served on the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center, Program Committee, developing initial programs for the new facility. For over ten years Mark supported the ministry of El Hogar, an orphanage and technical school in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, raising funds, doing service projects, and serving on the board.

In November of 2002 Mark accepted the call to become the rector of historic St. Margaret’s Church in Annapolis, Maryland. The church was experiencing tremendous growth, doubling the staff and budget and welcoming a host of new members during the next six years.

While deeply loving the work and the people of St. Margaret’s, an opportunity presented itself that he just could not pass up. Following a life-long dream Mark, returned to his rural roots in 2008. He bought a farm and a team of draft horses and started Liberty Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, where he still lives, raising sheep as a bivocational priest. During his time on the farm he has also worked for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and his local Soil and Water Conservation District, helping to further the cause of environmental stewardship.