The Rev. Dr. J. Mark Zimmerman (MDiv 1986) was recently appointed as the first Bishop of the ACNA Diocese of the Southwest and consecrated to that office on Feb. 28, 2014 at St. Clement’s Church, El Paso, TX. The Rt. Rev. Terry Kelshaw, a former Trinity faculty member, preached at the service. Bp. Mark is the nineteenth alumnus of Trinity School for Ministry to be consecrated as a Bishop.
Mark has spent the last fifteen years serving in Somerset, PA, first as Rector of St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church and most recently as Rector of Somerset Anglican Fellowship. In late January 2014, Mark and his wife, Cindy, moved to Albuquerque, NM to begin their new ministry. Before he left, he was quoted in the Anglican Diocese of Pittburgh newsletter saying, “I got to see Young Life start in the Somerset community, to be part of the Laurel Highlands Ministry, to develop a Spanish speaking worship service, and to see all the things of God’s provision and blessing. Leaving was hard, and yet God was still providing and saying ‘I am there. I will be with this congregation even though I am calling you to something new.’”
“It is always a joy to see God call Trinity alumni to senior leadership in the church and all the more so when I know them as well as I do Mark Zimmerman,” said Justyn Terry, Dean and President of Trinity School for Ministry. “I believe he is a great match to the needs of the Anglican Diocese of the Southwest and that he will be a fine bishop.”
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