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 deacon and priest in a small Anglican parish in Joppa, Maryland, for six years before becoming the rector of All Saints, Mills River, 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. This permitted him to serve as an associate priest in four former pit villages and teach as a visiting lecturer in Anglicanism at Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, Durham, an open evangelical theological college that prepares men and women for ministry in the Church of England and the Methodist Church.
In 2011, after completing his Ph.D. dissertation Eloquent Wisdom: The Role of Rhetoric and Delight in the Theology of Saint Augustine, Mark became priest in charge of the United Benefice of Steeple Aston and North Aston with Tackley in north Oxfordshire. Besides his normal rounds of pastoral ministry, he continues to research and write (currently on consumerism and Christianity) and occasionally preaches at services in various Oxford college chapels. He is a member of the Oxford Diocesan Liturgical Commission and a member of the Diocesan Synod.
When not working, Mark enjoys hill walking with Cuthbert, his English springer spaniel, visiting medieval and Roman sites, cooking, and a pint or two at a pub.