The Rt. Rev. Mark Joseph Lawrence
14TH BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
On January 26, 2008 at a festive service in the Cathedral of Saint Luke and Saint Paul in Charleston, Mark Joseph Lawrence was consecrated the 14th Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina.
Bishop Lawrence was born in Bakersfield, California, on March 19, 1950. A fifth generation Californian he was educated at California State University, Bakersfield (BA, 1976) and Trinity School for Ministry (M. Div. 1980). He has also received honorary degrees from Nashotah House (D.D. 2008) and Sewanee (D.D. 2009). He has ministered in a wide variety of parish settings from suburban church plant, rural mission, inner city church, to downtown parish in California and Pennsylvania. These include Holy Family, Fresno, CA; Saint Mark’s, Shafter, California (1981-1984); Saint Stephen’s, McKeesport, Pennsylvania (1984-1997) where he also established on Mon Valley Tri-Church Ministry taking two smaller congregations under a multi-staff network; and Saint Paul’s, Bakersfield, California (1997-2007). Known for being a dedicated pastor-teacher, he is a frequent speaker at retreats and conferences within the Diocese of South Carolina and elsewhere. He has also published articles on devotional and ecclesial concerns in various periodicals.
Bishop Lawrence has also been a participant at Lambeth 2008, GAFCON 2008 in Jerusalem and GAFCON 2013 in Nairobi and at the 2018 GAFCON in Jerusalem. In addition, he has been an invited observer at several of the most recent Global South gatherings internationally. He has been a member of the Anglican Church in North America College of Bishops since 2017 and presided over the Diocese of South Carolina Convention’s vote to join the ACNA.
He is the founding Chairman of the Anglican Leadership Institute; and serves on numerous boards including Trinity School for Ministry; Cummins Theological Seminary; Canterbury House Board of Trustees; Porter-Gaud School Trustees; and Governors Board of Holy Trinity Classical Christian School.
Mark has been married to Allison Kathleen Taylor since 1973. They have five children: Chad, an Anglican priest and headmaster in Beaufort, SC, married to Wendy, they have four children; daughter Adelia, married to Stephen Matson who is soon to be the pastor of Family Ministry at Grace Anglican in Grove City, PA and parents of three children; middle daughter, Emily, married to Jacob Jefferis, parents of five children live in Grove City, PA; Joseph, ordained priest, serving as an Instructor at Holy Trinity Classical School in Beaufort, SC, married to Joette, they have three children; and Chelsea, married to Jason Hamshaw, is Rector of All Saints Church, in Florence, SC, they have four boys.
Mark enjoys reading on various subjects, particularly literature, biography, and history; out-of-door activities such as hiking, backpacking, canoeing, fishing, and jogging. (revised 5-6-19)
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