Pastoral Staff

Mark PendletonThe Rev. Mark Pendleton – Pastor of the Glenview New Church; Religion teacher
Degree: Masters of Divinity (MDiv.), Academy of the New Church Theological School; BS in Physical Therapy, Temple University

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I worked for three years as a licensed Physical Therapist before returning to school for my MDiv. In March of 2016 I became Senior Pastor of the Glenview New Church. Prior to that I was Associate Pastor for almost 14 years, Pastor of the New Church of Phoenix for 4 years, Associate Pastor of the Oak Arbor Church in Rochester, Michigan for 4 years, and Associate Pastor of the Caryndale New Church in Kitchener, Ontario for 3 years.

I was born and raised in the New Church. I became personally interested in, then fell in love with, my faith beginning in my Junior year of high school. I’ve loved it ever since. It gives me an approach to Christianity that embraces everything I know, and it provides me with a balanced, fully satisfying perspective on religion; on other faiths and cultures as important parts of a collective whole; on the human spirit; and on human psychology. It also provides detailed direction for my life that feels foolproof and deeply rewarding. These things help me navigate life in wise, loving, and growing ways. My favorite parts of my work are the opportunities I have to share messages from the Word of God with people of all ages; to share the spiritual wealth of the New Church with newcomers and lifetime members alike; to engage with people one-to-one on things that matter most in life; to see people’s lives open up and change for the better; and to see people experience happiness as a result of these things.

As a sideline to my work, between the years of 2004 and 2015 I developed a universal, faith based program of life change and spiritual transformation based on the theology of the New Church around repentance. It’s a program that helps people of any faith or culture make positive changes in their lives. The program is titled, “Begin a New Life: Four Universal Steps of Life Change and Spiritual Transformation,” and it’s available on an independent website: In 2015, Begin a New Life became a registered non-profit organization. Next, it received a generous grant from Google for free worldwide advertising. The grant is in effect for the life of the organization. This project has been a crowning achievement early in my career; a great help to my own life; and ongoing source of delight and happiness.

I love my work as a priest and Pastor in the New Church. In everything that I’ve described to you, I believe that I have discovered what I was created to do.

The Rev. Elmo Acton is Associate Pastor at Glenview New Church.

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