Meet Our Pastor: The Reverend Mark W. Hanna

Pastor Mark has been leading the congregation of RPPC since February of 2008. Prior to this call, he served as associate pastor at Flemington Presbyterian Church in Flemington, New Jersey from 2002-2008. Mark received his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2002. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania where he majored in religious studies. Mark also served several pastoral internships beginning at his home congregation, Highland Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; then during seminary, at Central Presbyterian Church in Montclair, New Jersey; and finally as a chaplain at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

A sense of awe and mystery is central to Mark’s faith and theology. While affirming Presbyterian’s reformed heritage and tradition, he is not afraid to explore the tough questions and recognizes that doubt and a sense of one’s limits are part of a healthy, vital faith journey.  Faith is not about being certain, according to Mark; it is about finding the ability to trust even when certainty is not available.

Mark enjoys the privilege and challenge of leading worship in a congregation. His preaching seeks to be intellectually stimulating and pastorally focused, exploring themes of scripture and life, often looking for the extraordinary in the ordinary, and always seeking to be relevant to the life of the congregation and its members.

Mark has two school age children, Audrey and Andrew, and two goldfish whose names change periodically. He enjoys reading, golf, bike riding and, most of all, spending time with his children.

If you would like to meet Mark or hear him preach, please join us any Sunday at 10am for worship. You can also read some of Mark’s recent sermons by clicking here.

Mark also holds out of office hours from 8-9  AM most Wednesday mornings at Evergreen Café on Coldspring Lane. To keep up with Mark’s out of office schedule you can subscribe to our email newsletter, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. You can email Mark at pastor@rolandparkchurch.org.