Fr. Mark comes to us from Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Camp Hill (the Harrisburg area), Pennsylvania, where he was the assistant priest for approximately 6.5 years. This is the third time he has lived in Texas.
Prior to being ordained to the priesthood, Fr. Mark owned an organic cow dairy farm (see http://newfarm.org/features/2007/0807/endoffarming/lichtenstein_print.shtml) and worked in scientific equipment sales. Prior to that, he worked in pharmaceutical research as a chemist.
He is a graduate of St. Tikhon’s Seminary (www.stots.edu) with an M.Div. in 2010, IUPUI (www.iupui.edu) with an M.S. Chemistry in 1994, and the University of Virginia (http://www.virginia.edu/) with a B.A. in Chemistry in 1990.
Like most Orthodox priests, Fr. Mark is married (27+ 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- or film-based photography, oil painting, woodworking, gardening, music, and science fiction. One of his favorite discussion topics is the intersection of science and religion — need there be a conflict? Fr. Mark is an Eagle Scout.