Taking up the position as Rector at All Saints’ Tumut is something of a home coming for Mark and his family. Both he and his wife Genevieve grew up in Wagga, where their parents still live, and their four children, Elizabeth (10), Hannah (8), Micah (6) and Ruth (5), are very excited to be moving closer to their grandparents. However, it was sad to say goodbye to the Parish of Guyra, their home for the past six years, and the place where their children grew up.
It’s been 20 years since Mark last lived in the Riverina, after he left to study Electrical Engineering in Wollongong (where he met his wife Genevieve and they were married), but he has always had a heart for the country. Mark was Ordained in St Peter’s Cathedral, Armidale in 2010 and has spent the past six years as the Vicar of the Parish of Guyra on the Northern Tablelands. It was his time at Guyra which confirmed the great benefits of rural living, the small, close knit community, and slower pace of life.
Mark’s passion in ministry is to see all God’s people gripped by the reality that Jesus is our Risen Lord, and captivated by the amazing, boundless love of God. This is where our Anglican liturgies and traditions are an enormous aid, as they constantly
proclaim and reinforce these essential truths. He is keen to explore how we can build on that heritage in a way that is engaging and welcoming for many in our community who have grown up having very little to do with the church.
With the ever growing number of people in our towns and cities who identify as having no religion, as God’s people we need to be willing to go out and meet them where they are at. No longer can we as a church sit back and expect people to come to us, we need to reach out to them in love and graciously share with them the great news of Jesus, that he died on the cross for the sin of the world, that he rose again victorious over death, and that he is coming back in glory to judge the living and the dead. This starts with each member of our congregation loving their neighbour in word and in deed, but it also may mean new approaches to worship and divine services, as we seek new ways to present ancient truth.
Mark and his family are looking forward to seeing where God leads them and his new parish of Tumut, as they seek to put this into practice, while building on our existing strong foundations.