Words of Encouragement

Rev. Mark Abbott, PhD

Pastor Mark is an ordained elder from the Northwest Texas Conference in retired relationship on loan to the Florida Annual Conference. Prior to coming to CUMC in July 2019, he served as Pastor at Barnett Memorial UMC from July 2018. Pastor Mark and his wife Diane served for 27 years with the General Board of Global Ministries of the UMC. Mark was a professor of New Testament in the John Wesley Seminary in Monterrey, Mexico, one of two seminaries of the Methodist Church of Mexico. Of the five years of service, he served the last two as Academic Dean. Mark and Diane served for 21 years in Madrid, Spain working with the Spanish Evangelical Church (IEE-Iglesia Evangélica Española), a partner church with the UMC. Mark was a professor of New Testament and, for 18 years, Dean of the United Evangelical Theological Seminary (SEUT-Seminario Evangélico Unido de Teología). He also served as Pastor of the Community Church of Madrid from 1987-1990. Since returning to the US in June 2014, Mark has held the position of Director of Non-Degree programs at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH for two years. He then became Director of Hispanic Distributive Learning at the Orlando campus of Asbury Theological Seminary until February 2019.
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