Pastorate, Liberty Seventh-day Adventist Church (Windsor Mill, MD)2013-present 
Associate Minister/Christian Education Coordinator, Philadelphia Baptist Church, (Philadelphia, PA)2010-2013 
Pastorate, First Seventh-day Adventist Church (Washington, DC)2001-2013
Pastorate, Southwestern Seventh-day Adventist Church (Philadelphia, PA)1992-2001
Pastorate, First Seventh-day Adventist Church (Montclair, NJ)1985-1992
Pastorate, Park Avenue & Kirkwood, MO Seventh-day Adventist Church District1980-1983
Pastorate, Shiloh (Leavenworth, KS) & St. Joseph, MO Seventh-day Adventist Church District1978-1980 
Pastorate, Topeka, KS & Sedalia, MO Seventh-day Adventist Church District1974-1975
Associate Evangelist, (Kansas City, MO & KS, respectively)

National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) and affiliate District of Columbia Black Church Initiative (DCBI), DC


Minister’s Alliance


Faith Based Community Action Partnership (FBCAP), Washington, DC:





Metro Area Ministerium of Seventh-day Adventists, Washington/Maryland 2001-2013

Delaware Valley Ministerium of Seventh-day Adventists, DE

Area Leader/ Chairman


civic involvement
  • Degree: PhD - 2013
  • Concentration: “Conflict Analysis/ Resolution”
  • Nova SE University, Fort Lauderdale, FL                           
  • Degree: Doctorate in Ministry - 1988
  • Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer) Wynnewood, PA
  • Degree: Master of Divinity - 1978
  • Andrews University Theological Seminary (Berrien Springs, MI)        
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Theology-1974Oakwood College, Huntsville, AL

Award: Congratulations for “A Job Well Done”
Institution: Southwest Seventh-day Adventist Church, Philadelphia, PA   05/23/1998

Award: Most Supportive Pastor of Prison Ministry
Institution: Seventh-day Adventist Prison Ministry Leadership, Philadelphia, PA   12/14/1994

Award: Personal Ministry
Institution: First Seventh-day Adventist Church, Montclair, NJ   11/28/1992

A leader and role model of Christian values striving to inspire positive life-style transformation in others. Over 39 years of experience in church leadership, operations, relationships, and community outreach as he continues to inspire and invoke spiritual growth this congregation and others be FAT—Faithful, Available, and Teachable. Currently the leader of the Alleghany East Conference’s Liberty Seventh-day Adventist Church and responsible for annual budget development and oversight (1.2 million), and the primary organizer of a capital, building and equipment campaign (Phases 3 & 4 outstanding with estimated cost of 1.2 million). Proven ability to empower, organize and direct projects based on the targeted needs of the church and community.

 An excellent public speaker in great demand, nationally and internationally. A professional command of the English language and is proficient, flexible, and methodical on diverse and assigned topics (i.e., Men’s, Women’s, Single’s, Youth, Family, Marital, Bible, Social conflict, and Organizational development, and Church Growth issues).

invited lectures/training
Congregational Conflict Resolution Procedural Training Manual (pending)
Assurance, Insurance, and Reassurance (A.I.R.): Pre-Marital and Marriage Information Series 
A Guide to Discovering YOUR Spiritual Gifts (Revised)
Reflections on Daniel and Revelation including Workbook2007
Back to Basics: A Comprehensive Study Guide
The Gospel Presentation2007
A Guide to Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts1997 

Role: Member and Chairman, Minister’s Alliance

Organization: National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) & affiliate District of Columbia Black Church Initiative (DCBI)


Role: Member and President, respectively

Organization: Faith-Based Community Association Partnership


Role: Member

Organization: Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, DC and Vicinity


Role: Member

Organization: Metro (Maryland and DC) Ministerium of Seventh-day Adventists

Role: Member
Organization: Baltimore and Extended Areas Ministerium

Role: Organizer and Consultant

Organization: Neighbors for a Better Community, Philadelphia, PA


Role: Chairman

Organization: Delaware Valley Ministerium of Seventh-day Adventists


Role: Chairman

Organization: Sherwood Park Civic Association CDC


Role: TreasurerOrganization: Partnership CDC, Philadelphia, PA

Organization: Partnership CDC, Philadelphia, PA



Summary of qualifications

Pastor Mark McCleary

Title of Presentation: Church Plant Growth
Institution: New Community Seventh-day Adventist Church, Dallas, TX

Title of Presentation: Men, Sociology, and Ministry
Institution: Glenridge Seventh-day Adventist Church, Maryland

Title of Presentation: Church Growth
Institution: Bethany Seventh-day Adventist Church, Bridgeton, NJ

Title of Presentation: Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts
Institution: Allegheny East Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Camp Meeting

Title of Presentation: The Gospel Presentation
Institution: Edmonson Heights Seventh-day Adventist Church, Baltimore, MD

Title of Presentation: Men and Family Workshop
Institution: Southwest Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church, Philadelphia, PA

Title of Presentation: Men’s Ministry—Society and Religion
Institution: United Missionary Seventh-day Adventist Church, Lansdowne, PA

Title of Presentation: Church Growth in a Multi-Church District
Institution: Fort Pierce and Port Saint Lucie Seventh-day Adventist Churches, FL

Title of Presentation: Renewal—Personal, Family, Church and Community
Institution: Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church, New Orleans, LA

Mark A. McCleary, Ph. D., D. Min., M. Div., B. A.


Administration and Management

  • Develops policies, strategies, and procedures to guide organizational growth
  • Formulated a mission statement and its integration into organizational goals and objectives. Oversaw major elements of a strategic plan for organizational approval and implementation.
  • Developed organizational and governing Board structure and its accompanying education programs and issues.
  • Introduced and facilitated the formation of a revised Ministry Development program, a new form of leadership selection, utilizing a Laissez faire/ consensus model.

  • Community (NBC (1993-2001)
  • Treasurer- Partnership CDC, Philadelphia, PA (1994-1996)
  • Member -Sherwood Park Civic Association CDC, Philadelphia, PA (1995-1998)
  • Area Leader/Chairman- Delaware Valley Ministerium of Seventh-day Adventist Churches (1998-2001)
  • Member - Metro Area Ministerium of Seventh-day Adventists, Wash./MD (2001- present)President- Faith-Based Community Association Partnership (FBCAP)-member, Washington, DC (2002-present); (2005-2007)


  • Conducts public speaking (i.e., lectures, sermons, workshops, seminars) for various church and community initiatives.
  • Developed Bible study series for prospective and new church members.
  • Facilitates church growth and spiritual gifts seminars for Christian churches.
  • Facilitates workshops and seminars on various social issues dealings with men, women, youth, family and relationships.