Rev. Dr. J. Mark Lawson is our church’s longest-serving pastor. He first came to the United Church of Christ in Bayberry in 1995. He previously served churches in Kentucky, Indiana, and Arkansas as Pastor, Associate Pastor, and Minister to Youth. “Pastor Mark” earned the Master of Divinity degree and Ph.D. in Theology degrees from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to serving as pastor, he is an adjunct professor of religious studies at LeMoyne College; an instructor in the New York School of Ministry, an alternative ministry preparation program operated by the New York Conference of the UCC; and a part-time spiritual director at the Spiritual Renewal Center in Syracuse.