Pastor Mark McCleary, Phd
Pastor Mark A. McCleary was born in Baltimore (1951). He moved to Philadelphia with his mother and sister in 1955. He attended public school and Larchwood Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) School, and graduated from West Phila. H.S. (1969). After attending Andrews University for Mechanical Engineering, Pastor McCleary changed his major to the SDA curriculum for Pastoral Ministry upon sensing a call from God in the summer of 1971. Eventually, he transferred to Oakwood University and graduated (B.A., Theology) in 1974. His first pastorate was the district of College Ave. SDA (Topeka, Ks.) and Sedalia, Mo., 140 miles apart. Mark married Queenie Patricia Bryant of Groton, Connecticut (June 1975), and their union produced three children--Brian, Michael, and Michelle. Michael is married to Andrenee, and from their union, Pastor McCleary has a granddaughter, Micah and a grandson, Miles.
After completing seminary, he, his wife, and children served Leavenworth, Ks and St. Joseph, Mo.; Park Ave. (St. Louis, Mo) and Kirkwood, Mo. Since migrating to Allegheny East Conference, they have served Montclair, NJ; SW Phila.; First (DC); and now Liberty, Windsor Mill, MD--more than 38 years of Pastoral ministry.
His educational resume includes the following: B.A. (Oakwood, 1974); Master of Divinity (Andrews Univ. Theological Seminary (1978); Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Renewal (Palmer Theological Seminary, 1998); and Ph. D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution--"A Conflict Resolution Manual for Resolving Intra Church Social Conflict: A Pastor's Autoethnographic Journey" (2013).
Pastor McCleary's personal motto and objective are "to be recognized as a good pastor by his congregants and an accessible and helpful chaplain to their various communities" and "to be a role model of Christian values in order to inspire positive lifestyle transformation in others."