Pastor Mark Smiley will be feted on Sunday, June 17th at Hiss Church, 8700 Harford Road at 12 noon, on the occasion of his being called by the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church to become a guide in the Western District. All touched by his service to Hiss Church and the Parkville Community are invited. Sunday will be his last day of preaching and he will be sorely missed.
PRESS RELEASE FROM HISS
Hiss United Methodist Church at 8700 Harford Road on the SW corner of
Putty Hill Ave. will say an emotional
good-bye to their minister, Pastor Mark Smiley and his family on June 17th
when he will preach his last sermon at Hiss and they will celebrate his time with them at a reception following the 11 AM service. Those in the community who have worked with Pastor Smiley are invited to join the celebration of his service to Hiss and the Parkville community.
During his eight years at Hiss they have enjoyed a renewed enthusiasm for the Lord and for serving their community both locally and globally. Pastor Mark is very relational on personal and spiritual levels and connects easily with people of all ages. He willingly and joyfully shares his many talents. With his technical skills he brought Hiss into the 21st Century, greatly expanding the ministry capabilities of the church. The complexion of the church has become more culturally diverse. Participation in Small Groups and Study has increased.
Pastor Mark has been appointed by Bishop John Schol of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church to the position on Staff as a Guide to the Western Region. Doug Chenoweth,
Chairperson of SPRC at Hiss notes, “His dedication has shined down on us since that first day. God’s mission for Mark has been witnessed by all of us as he has dedicated his life to God and for eight years also to us. He can take pride in how well he has done bringing many closer to God. Thank you seems so meager of a word to express gratitude to an individual who has given so much to so many of us. But, Mark is such a humble man that I am confident “Thank you for eight wonderful years” will be well received. God Bless you, Mark, as you
Rev. Mark Smiley from Pastor in Charge of
Hiss UMC to Baltimore-Washington Conference Staff--Western Region Guide
Mark Smiley will be a
new Discipler Guide in the Western Region of the Baltimore-Washington
Conference, which includes the Frederick and Cumberland-Hagerstown districts.
He is currently in his eighth year as pastor of Hiss UMC in Parkville. He
previously served in the Baltimore-Washington conference as pastor of Mays
Chapel UMC in Timonium, pastor of Salem UMC in Germantown, and conference
treasurer. In the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, he served as associate
pastor of Glenside UMC, pastor of Gladwyne UMC, and conference coordinator of
information systems. He also spent several years as a computer consultant with
annual conferences and United Methodist general boards and agencies. Smiley has
served the conference in a number of ways including working with Camping and
Retreat Ministries, the United Methodist Foundation, and as full member
registrar for the Board of Ordained Ministry. He brings with him a love for the
church, for the United Methodist connection, for hands-on mission work, and for
the hard-working pastors and laity who strive daily to make and grow faithful
disciples of Jesus Christ.
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