Mark Edington is one of the ministers of Saint John’s Church in Newtonville, Massachusetts. A writer, social entrepreneur, academic administrator, and ordained priest, he serves as well as the director of the Amherst College Press and as the founding publisher of Lever Press.
Mark’s professional background is in international relations, with a focus on the role of religion in conflict and conflict resolution. A graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Harvard Divinity School, his professional work includes service as Senior Research Associate and Director of Publications at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis; senior administrator of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School; and as the founding executive director of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory at the Center for Public Leadership of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
In ordained ministry, Mark served as the first Epps Fellow and Chaplain to Harvard College in The Memorial Church of Harvard University, where he also served as Associate Minister and Director of Administration. He has been rector of Saint Dunstan’s church in Dover, Massachusetts as well as of Saint John’s in Newtonville. He also served as Protestant chaplain at Wellesley College.
A frequent commentator and writer at the intersection of faith and the public square, his writings have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and the Boston Globe. His commentaries have also appeared on New England Public Radio and WBUR’s Cognoscenti blog. He has served on the founding boards of the American Committees on Foreign Relations and the 2Seeds Network. Mark is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a proprietor of the Boston Athenæum.