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Announcing our 2024 speaker: The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis uses her gifts as author, activist, preacher, and public theologian toward creating an antiracist, just, gun violence-free, fully welcoming, gender-affirming society in which everyone has enough.


Jacqui holds an M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary and an M.Phil and Ph.D. in Psychology and Religion from Drew University. Jacqui has preached in pulpits and on stages in the US, South Africa and France. She’s been serving as Senior Minister and Public Theologian at Middle Church for 20 years.

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The author of several books and articles, Jacqui’s most recent book, Fierce Love was published in 2021. Her Just Love Story Bible will be released in 2025. Jacqui produces an annual justice conference with Middle Church. Freedom Rising: The Fierce Urgency of Now is scheduled for April 2025.


Faith in Public Life Speaker Series

When the Reverend Dr. Roy W. Howard retired after 19 years as the leader of Saint Mark, the congregation needed something special to honor his service.  Only something bold, thought-provoking and powerful would reflect and continue the programs he led during his tenure. 

So the annual Reverend Dr. Roy W. Howard “Faith in Public Life” Speakers Program was conceived. Each year a group of volunteers will choose a speaker to discuss an important topic reflected in faithful practice at the intersection of contemporary life.

The first annual lecture in 2023 welcomed Derek Black.


About Saint Mark Presbyterian Church

We seek to be an open and inclusive community of Christian faith pursuing the love of God and neighbor, while honoring the gifts of all people. We welcome persons of every race and class, ability or sexual orientation, including children and adults with disabilities and their families, who seek to grow more deeply in their relationship with God and serve others in the Spirit of Jesus Christ.

Core Values of Saint Mark Presbyterian Church:

Relying on the grace of God, we the people of Saint Mark seek to be a community where spirit and service come together. With faith in God through Jesus Christ we honor these core values:

Commitment: We offer ourselves, our time, our gifts and our resources to the service of God

Community: We are a caring family of faith, honoring the gifts of all people and celebrating our life together.

Compassion: We care for all God’s children, responding to those in pain and nurturing one another in love.

Hospitality: We welcome everyone to share with us in the community of Christ.

Mission: We listen and respond to the needs of the world, reaching out to serve others in our community and throughout the world.

Spiritual Growth: We grow closer to God through the disciplines of prayer, study, service and worship.

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