Mark came to Brecon in September 2017 as the new Residentiary Canon at the Cathedral. Originally from South Carolina, Mark grew up in Florida and Virginia (and a couple of States in between). After completing his undergraduate degree in history at William & Mary and master’s degree in theology at Duke Divinity School, he served as a parish priest for 5 years in Maryland and 7 years in North Carolina before moving with his family to the UK. He completed a doctorate in theology at Durham University and afterwards briefly served in three rural parishes north of Oxford. He was then involved for 6 years in the theological formation of clergy in Wales and England. He has lectured at Cardiff and Oxford Universities and regularly conducts retreats in both the UK and the US. Mark is a life-long dual national with extended family in Wales and Yorkshire.
Mark’s role at Brecon Cathedral is to oversee the Cathedral’s engagement with the local community, provide and encourage pastoral care, and foster the spiritual life and fellowship of the Cathedral’s worshipping communities.
Convivium brings together several of Mark’s passions: enjoyment of the natural environment, a deep love of heritage, curiosity about what it means to delight, and the belief that consumer culture increasingly demands serious challenge.
He is an avid walker and trekker and has taken in the Appalachians, northern Pennines, Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons, the Sunnmore Alps in Norway, the Mont Blanc Massif, and the Laugavegur Trail in Iceland as well as tamer places in England. His doctorate explored the theology of delight or what it means to enjoy things for their own sake. His first book was a call for the Church to challenge the religion of consumerism. He has a forthcoming book published by Bloomsbury on consumerism and rhetoric (see below for his books).
Mark is also a regular contributor to The Living Church, a weekly magazine of the Episcopal Church, and their blog site, Covenant. You can read his contributions here.
Mark is very happy to discuss he development of Convivium or how you might attempt a similar initiative where you are. He can be contact via this website.