We are delighted to introduce you to our Interim Senior Pastor, Mark Hutton.
Mark is coming to us from Bristol, Tennessee, where he has served two congregations in recent years. Prior to that, Mark served on the pastoral staff at Central Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri, and Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has also worked in youth ministry and served as an area director for Young Life.
The transition team found Mark to be personable and engaging, committed to scripture and to serving the congregation, strategic in his focus, and thoughtful in his writing and preaching. Across the board, we found him to be a well-balanced pastor with the strengths we need in this interim period.
Mark earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis and his Master of Divinity from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He is an avid writer, with a master’s degree in English literature, and teaches university courses on the Christian life.
Mark and his wife Sherry have three sons, Cooper, Baker, and Thatcher (two of whom are now adults). Because the interim pastor’s position is by definition temporary, and to allow their high school-aged son to stay in his school, Sherry and Thatcher will remain in Tennessee.
We are excited that Mark will be joining the staff and session to review our CAT assessment data at the end of August. Mark will officially start on September 1st and will join us in worship on September 6th.
Mark is excited about Central as well. He said, “I’m eager to see how we are going to get to know Jesus in a deeper way together, eager to be part of what God is doing at and through Central, and grateful that I get to be a small part of Central’s story.”
We know that you all will give Mark a warm welcome as you are able! Thank you again for all of your prayers in this transition season. Please continue to pray for Mark as he moves to Baltimore and gets settled in here!
The Transition Team