A minister from the United States will help train clergy in Wales following a senior appointment at a theological college.
Revd Dr Mark Clavier is the new Dean of Residential Training at St Michael’s College, Cardiff, and will teach both at the college and at Cardiff University. He will start after Easter.
Mark, 42, spent 12 years serving parishes in Maryland and North Carolina before moving to England nearly five years ago. He joins the college having spent three years as a ‘house for duty priest’ in former mining villages in County Durham and a year as Priest-in-Charge of three churches at Steeple Aston, North Aston and Tackley in the diocese of Oxford.
Mark, who enjoys dual citizenship, has family living in South Wales and as a history undergraduate in the States, wrote a thesis on Llywelyn ap Gruffydd. His first book, on church life in a consumer culture, will be published by SPCK this year. He is married to Diane, who is an accountant, and they have a son Paul.
“The chance to teach at a theological college has long been a dream of mine, and so I look forward to working at St Michael’s College with tremendous excitement,” said Mark. “When I was a small boy, I visited my grandfather in Milford Haven and discovered Pembroke Castle, St Davids Cathedral and the breath-taking Pembrokeshire shoreline. Ever since then, I have had a deep affection for Wales, her people and her magnificent heritage.”
Welcoming Mark to the college, its Principal, Canon Peter Sedgwick, said, “The references for Mark were very impressive. They spoke of his energy, warmth, ability to grow churches, and also to be a first rate academic. He will give a great deal to the spiritual formation of residential students, while also taking a leading role in teaching at Cardiff University. His record of growing churches both in the States and in England speaks for itself. I look forward to his joining the college and working alongside the existing team.”
Mark’s appointment is the second at the College in the last two months. Dr John Wilks is the new Director of Postgraduate Training, working with chaplaincy students and those on Master’s course in practical theology. He will also be a personal tutor next academic year.
“We look forward to 2013 with great confidence,” added Dr Sedgwick.
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