Mark Michael is the rector of Christ Church, Cooperstown, in the Episcopal Diocese of Albany. A native of rural Western Maryland, he is a graduate of Duke University and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Prior to moving to upstate New York, he served a small town congregation in Maryland and was assistant chaplain and a history and religion master at Saint James School. He and his wife, Allison, have two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and gardening.