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Dir of Pastoral Studies, Lanc
Director of Pastoral Studies
Seminary - Lancaster and EMU at Lancaster
“I envision non-traditional pastoral training where men and women can enter courses of study at the level and pace that fit their life situation and sense of God’s call to ministry. Opportunities for study and growth will span the spectrum from non-credit personal enrichment courses through accredited part-time college and seminary degree programs of pastoral preparation. I see congregation, conference, denomination, individual and academy all playing on the same team, pursuing Christ’s mission of grace and truth for the cosmos.”
Before picking up his current director responsibilities, Mark pastored for more than eighteen years in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Now he combines administrative and teaching responsibilities for the STEP Program (Study and Training for Effective Pastoral Ministry), and for Master of Divinity level seminary courses in southeastern Pennsylvania. His research and writing interests are in the areas of preaching and worship, particularly rites and ministries of healing. He and his wife Kathy attend Groffdale Mennonite Church; they have two young adult daughters Regina and Charlotte. He likes to sing, to talk politics and theology and do fix-up projects around the home. He writes a bi-monthly “Matters of Faith” column for the Lancaster (Pa.) Sunday News.
Ph.D., Practical Theology: Preaching & Worship, Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va., 2000.
M.Div., Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 1984.
B.A., Majors in Bible & Religion, and History, Eastern Mennonite University, 1979.