The Vestry of St Mark’s, with the permission and blessing of Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple, has called the Reverend Tyrone Fowlkes of Oakland, California, to be the next rector of St Mark’s. Reverend Fowlkes has accepted the call, and will begin 01 August. We are excited about this next chapter in the story of St Mark’s.
– John Monahan
The Rev. Tyrone Fowlkes
The Rev. Tyrone Fowlkes is entering his eighth year of ordination as a priest. Prior to being elected Rector of St. Mark’s, Raleigh, he served at Church of the Holy Cross and Church of Our Savior in Chicago. More recently, he was the Rector of St. Augustine’s Church in Oakland and also an Assisting Priest at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.
Rev. Fowlkes’ background weaves together experiences in the arts, social justice and spirituality. Before becoming a priest, Rev. Fowlkes held positions in design and communications with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the national headquarters of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
He is the former Director of Spiritual Formation at UCAN, a child-welfare agency in Chicago. He has also worked for many years in HIV/AIDS advocacy and service organizations and was on the board of directors of the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition and the HIV/AIDS Task Force of the Diocese of Chicago.
Throughout his ministry, Rev. Fowlkes has fostered community, global understanding, and concern for the poor and marginalized.
Rev. Fowlkes holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in Visual Communication from the Herron School of Art at Indiana University, a master of divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary and a master of arts management degree from Columbia College Chicago. He has also studied at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, California State University and Church Divinity School of the Pacific.
He has traveled to Europe and West Africa and has interests in church architecture and local arts scenes. His hobbies include reading, cooking and wine tasting.
Rev Fowlkes sends a letter to the parishioners of St. Mark’s.