I am the
Team Rector and live in Almondbury. I am also the Area Dean for Almondbury Deanery and Joint Area Dean for Kirkburton Deanery.
I studied theology at Salisbury
and Wells Theological College and then, after being ordained in 1994, served my
title in Southampton in the parish of Bitterne Park. I have also served in
parishes in Dorset and Wiltshire, mainly in a rural context. For most of this
time I have worked in Team Ministries and have been involved in the
training and development of ordinands and those newly ordained, as well as
individual mentoring for colleagues. I have a Masters Degree in Coaching and
Mentoring Practice from Oxford Brookes University, and enjoy working in various
aspects of adult learning, looking for the potential within and helping to
bring out peoples’ various gifts and talents. I enjoy preaching and
when preparing sermons I seek to encourage and gently challenge whilst
expressing my firm conviction in the gospel of Christ. I am rooted in a
sacramental ministry, and view the sacraments as a specific response to the
salvation won for us in the death and resurrection of Jesus.
For leisure I enjoy
spending time in the garden cutting back weeds when I get the opportunity; and I have an interest in baking bread.
Mark has now been appointed as Vicar of the parishes of Haxey and Owston Ferry in the Diocese of Lincoln. His final service in Almondbury with Farnley Tyas will be on Sunday 29th December, 10.30 a.m. in St. Michael & St. Helen's Church.