This Sunday, Mark Christian, the Pastor of First Unitarian Church will be our guest preacher, speaking on “A Vision of Hope.”
For Mark the call to serve First Unitarian as minister was a real homecoming as he not only is a native of Oklahoma City but also literally grew up in First UU’s Sunday School and church.
A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, he was called to serve the congregation in March of 2001.
Prior to serving in Oklahoma City, Mark was the settled minister to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, New Mexico (1997-2001) and intern minister at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa (1996-1997).
Prior to entering the ministry, Mark spent twenty years in the broadcasting industry–working at radio stations in Durant, Ardmore, Tulsa and Shawnee, Oklahoma. He spent the last ten years of his broadcasting career at Clear Channel Networks (KTOK) here in Oklahoma City.
Mark is the past president of the Mountain Desert District Chapter of the Unitarian Universalist Minister’s Association and the InterFaith Council at New Mexico State University. He has previously served in several leadership roles for the Southwest Unitarian Universalist Conference and the Mountain Desert District of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
In 1998 he was awarded the Outstanding Sermon Award by the Unitarian Sunday School Society. He served as Unitarian Universalist History and Polity faculty for the Dwight Brown Leadership Experience in 1998 and 1999.
Mark is passionate about the growth of the First Unitarian Church and the future of Unitarian Universalism in Central Oklahoma. He is actively involved with ministerial colleagues for other Unitarian Universalist Congregations as well as other religious traditions.
Mark, his wife, Linda, live in Oklahoma City. There son, Scott, is away at college. Away from church, Mark’s interests include bird watching, collecting and playing guitars, and assisting with his son’s academic and sports activities.