Pastor Mark A. McCleary

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


Summary of Qualifications

A leader and role model of Christian values striving to inspire positive life-style transformation in others. Over 40 years of experience in church leadership, operations, relationships, and community outreach. He continues to inspire the spiritual and social growth of his congregation to be FAT—Faithful, Available, and Teachable. He is currently the Senior Pastor of the Liberty Seventh-day Adventist Church and responsible for annual budget of ($600,000), and the primary organizer of a capital, building and equipment campaign (with an estimated cost of 4 million).

An excellent public speaker in great demand, nationally and internationally. A professional command of the English language and is 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).

Academic Degrees & Certificates

  • Degree: PhD - 2013, Concentration: “Conflict Analysis/ Resolution,” (Nova SE University, Fort Lauderdale, FL)
  • Degree: Doctorate in Ministry - 1998, Concentration: "Congregational Renewal," (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-1974 (Oakwood College, Huntsville, AL)

Professional Affiliations

  • 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- 2013)
  • President- Faith-Based Community Association Partnership (FBCAP)-member, Washington, DC (2002-present); (2005-2007)
  • Member--Baltimore and Extended Area Ministerium (BEAM); (2014-present)


Congregational Conflict Resolution Procedural Training Manual (pending publication)

As YOU Pray, so are YOU (pending publication)

The Bible Doctrine Study Series (pending publication)

Linking Daniel and Revelation: Piecing the End-Time Apocalyptic Puzzle Together (pending publication)

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 Second Edition, including Workbook

Back to Basics: A Comprehensive Study Guide

The Gospel Presentation A Guide to Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts

Professional History

Pastorate, Liberty Seventh-day Adventist Church (Windsor Mill, MD), 2014--present

Associate Minister/Christian Education Coordinator, Philadelphia Baptist Church, (Philadelphia, PA), 2012

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), 1985-92

Pastorate, Park Avenue & Kirkwood, MO Seventh-day Adventist Church District, 1980-83

Pastorate, Shiloh (Leavenworth, KS) & St. Joseph, MO Seventh-day Adventist Church District, 1978-80

Pastorate, Topeka, KS & Sedalia, MO Seventh-day Adventist Church District, 1974-75

Associate Evangelist, (Kansas City, MO & KS, respectively), 1974

Honors & Awards

  • 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

Civic Involvement

  • National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) and affiliate District of Columbia Black Church Initiative (DCBI), DC Chair Minister’s Alliance
  • Faith Based Community Action Partnership (FBCAP), Washington, DC: Member President
  • Metro Area Ministerium of Seventh-day Adventists, Washington/Maryland
  • Delaware Valley Ministerium of Seventh-day Adventists, DE Area Leader/ Chairman

Public Service


Role: Member and Chairman, Minister’s Alliance
Organization: National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) & affiliate District of Columbia Black Church Initiative (DCBI), 2004-Present

Role: Member and President, respectively
Organization: Faith-Based Community Association Partnership, 2002-2005

Role: Member
Organization: Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, DC and Vicinity, 2005-2008

Role: Member
Organization: Metro (Maryland and DC) Ministerium of Seventh-day Adventists, 2008-2013

Role: Member
Organization: Baltimore and Extended Areas Ministerium, 2014-Present

Role: Organizer and Consultant
Organization: Neighbors for a Better Community, Philadelphia, PA, 1994-2001

Role: Chairman
Organization: Delaware Valley Ministerium of Seventh-day Adventists, 1998-2001

Role: Chairman
Organization: Sherwood Park Civic Association CDC, 1995-1998

Role: Treasurer Organization: Partnership CDC, Philadelphia, PA
Organization: Partnership CDC, Philadelphia, PA, 1994-1996

Invited Lecturers/Training

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

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