Dynamic Downtown Worship in the Anglican Tradition

Anglican Diocese of SC

The Anglican Diocese of South Carolina

The Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, Bishop of South Carolina


Bishop Lawrence was born in Bakersfield, California, on March 19, 1950. He was educated at California State University, Bakersfield (BA, 1976) and Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry (M. Div. 1980). He has ministered at Church of the Holy Family, Fresno, California (1980), Saint Mark’s, Shafter, California (1981-1984), Saint Stephen’s, McKeesport, Pennsylvania (1984-1997), and Saint Paul’s, Bakersfield, California (1997-2007). Known for being a dedicated pastor-teacher, Mark also served, among many other capacities, as a member of the Commission on Ministry, the Standing Committee, and the Board of Examining Chaplains, the latter of which he chaired. He also served as a deputy to the General Conventions of 2003 and 2006.

Mark has been married to Allison Kathleen Taylor since 1973. They have five children: Chadwick, married to Wendy; they have three children, Esther, Sarah, and Sydney; Adelia, married to Stephen Matson; they have three children, Natalie, Tobias and Macy; Emily, married to Jacob Jefferis; they have a daughter, Liza; Joseph, married to Joette, they have two children, Samantha and Sophia; and Chelsea married to Jason Hamshaw.