To contact Mark please call him on (01568) 610886 or use the contact page provided on his sister website (details at bottom of page).
Rent a Rev UK was originally founded by the Rev. Chris Horseman to provide bespoke ceremonies for all occasions, appropriate to members of any faith or none. Rev. Horseman was originally a C of E priest but decided to go independent when his church authorities took exception to his very eclectic approach. After a recent conversation Rev. Horseman (now retired from his public ministry) kindly agreed to allow Mark to take over the use of the title Rent a Rev UK for his own freelance ministry. Clearly the two of them share the same vision and the founder of Rent a Rev UK can feel assured that his hugely popular ministry is in safe and appropriate hands.
Mark is a Freelance Priest who express his ministry in a fully inclusive and ecclectic manner. He served within the Church of England for over a decade but now wishes to offer himself in a broader and more eclectic sense. As an ordained member of The Open Episcopal Church he now offers a refreshingly new approach to traditional church services and ceremonies.
Mark has over ten years experience of creating and performing special ceremonies for people. He does not see them as opportunities to push religion or evangelise but, rather, to meet people where they were and enable them to truly express what they need to through these important rites of passage.
Mark sees what he does as bridging the gap between strictly religious ceremonies and those offered by Secular Humanism. They are always spiritual yet not always overtly religious. As someone with a generously eccletic spiritual experience Mark draws upon his own Christian heritage as well the wealth of traditions from outside the boundaries of the Church.
Over time Mark has realised that many people see themselves as spiritual (and believers in God / Goddess / Spirit) yet cannot equate their natural inner faith with official religion. When such people are faced with (for example) the trauma of having to plan a funeral for a member of their family, and are wondering who to invite to perform the ceremony, they often think there are only two alternatives: a formal Minister of Religion or a Humanist. Some opt for the latter but, during the planning of the funeral, realise that they do in fact want some prayers or even a hymn. It is for these folk particularly that he offers his services.
For more information on Mark's Ministry go to www.marktownsendministry.co.uk