Father Mark Lichtenstein
Fr. Mark Lichtenstein came to us in 2017 from Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in the Harrisburg area of Pennsylvania, in the town of Camp Hill. He was the assistant priest there for approximately seven years. This is the third time he has lived in Texas.
For a few years before seminary and ordination to the priesthood, Fr. Mark owned and operated an organic cow dairy farm. (See this article he wrote about those days, with some archival photos.)
Before that he worked for thirteen years in the scientific world, first as a pharmaceutical chemist, specializing in antibiotic research. Relalizing that he was a people person, and still loving Chemistry, he moved after several years from the laboratory into sales of scientific research equipment to pharmaceutical laboratories and research universities. Today as an ordained priest, he continues his love of science, both working at Angelo State University and giving presentations to school and church groups about the intersection of Science and Theology.
He is a graduate of St. Tikhon’s Seminary with an M.Div. in 2010, IUPUI with an M.S. in Chemistry in 1994, and the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Chemistry in 1990. Like most Orthodox priests, Fr. Mark is married (nearly 30 years now!) and has 4 children in their twenties and teens.
Fr. Mark has many and varied interests in addition to church. These include leadership training and development, chemical- and film-based photography, oil painting, woodworking, gardening, music, and science fiction. One of his favorite discussion topics is the relationship of science and religion — specifically, need there be a conflict?
Fr. Mark is an Eagle Scout.