Father Mark Atkinson

Fr. Mark was called to be the fifth Rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in 2008. He previously served the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Mandarin after completing his studies at Sewanee: The University of the South.  He has been married for twenty-six years to Dallas, a legal assistant, and they have two children.  Their daughter Emily will soon graduate from the University of North Florida, and their son Ian is a senior at the University of Florida.  Both are studying accounting.


Prior to seminary Mark worked in the airline industry in Dallas, Texas, and commercial banking in Dallas and Washington, D.C.  He left the banking industry in 1991 and started businesses in human resource management and industrial equipment distribution.  After ten years of personal discernment, Mark chose to pursue ordained ministry.


Fr. Mark holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and Jacksonville University.  He earned his Master of Divinity at the School of Theology at Sewanee.  To pass the time at seminary Mark interned as a hospice chaplain, served as a parish organist, taught middle-school music, coached high school football, and served as a ministry assistant for a Presbyterian church. 


Fr. Mark attributes much of his formation to advice and teachings he received along his spiritual journey.  One such nugget was offered by the Rt. Rev. George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, during a visit to Sewanee when he said, “Never take yourself too seriously.”  In his spare time Mark enjoys an occasional round of golf, an evening with his wife, a good debate with his children, and the company of good friends over a glass of wine.


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