Born in Greenville, South Carolina, Mark Clavier was raised in the American Episcopal Church, one of the earliest of the so-called Continuing Anglican churches. Much of his childhood was spent worshiping according to the 1928 Book of Common Prayer in living rooms and storefronts. He later attended the College of William and Mary, graduating in 1993 with an A.B. in History. He then went to Duke Divinity School, where his studies focused on the theology of the Caroline Divines. After graduating from Duke in 1995, Mark served as a priest in Maryland and western North Carolina.
In 2008, Mark, his wife Diane, and their son Paul moved to the United Kingdom so that he could undertake postgraduate studies at the University of Durham. While in Durham, Mark was received into the Church of England by Bishop Tom Wright at Auckland Castle. While in Durham Diocese, Mark served as an associate priest in four former pit villages and taught as a visiting lecturer in Anglicanism at Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, Durham.
In 2011, after completing his doctoral dissertation, Mark became priest in charge of three rural, medieval parishes in north Oxfordshire, during which time he also occasionally preached at various Oxford colleges and briefly served on Oxford Diocesan Liturgical Commission.
In 2013, Mark moved again, this time to Cardiff, Wales to become Dean of Residential Training at St Michael’s College, Llandaff, the training arm of the Church in Wales. Besides overseeing the community life and formation of full-time ordinands, he also teaches theology at Cardiff University, specialising in doctrine and Church History. In 2014, he became the Acting Principal of the College and served on the committee tasked with establishing a new provincial training institution for the Church in Wales.
He was recently appointed Vice Principal of St. Stephen’s House, Oxford, where he is also the Charles Marriott Director of Pastoral Studies and an affiliate member of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford.
Mark has published two books: Rescuing the Church from Consumerism (SPCK) and Eloquent Wisdom: Rhetoric, Cosmology and Delight in the Theology of Augustine of Hippo (Brepols). When not working, he enjoys walking with Cuthbert, his English springer spaniel, in the Brecon Beacons, visiting medieval and Roman sites, cooking, or just relaxing with his family.