Eleventh Bishop of Ohio
Mark Hollingsworth, Jr., was elected the Eleventh Bishop of Ohio on November 15, 2003, and consecrated on April 17, 2004 in Cleveland. Born April 9, 1954, the son of the late Mark Hollingsworth and Caroline Jeanes Hollingsworth, he and his four sisters were raised in Dover, Massachusetts. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976 from Trinity College, majoring in Religious Studies, and earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 1981. The Rt. Rev. William E. Swing, Bishop of California, ordained him Deacon and Priest in 1981 and 1982, respectively. He and his wife, Susan Hunt Hollingsworth, are the parents of Sophie, Isaac, Eli, and Lily.
Bishop Hollingsworth served as Chaplain to the Cathedral School for Boys in San Francisco (1981-1983), Associate Rector of St. Francis in-the-Fields Church, Harrods Creek, Kentucky (1983-1986), Rector of St. Anne’s in-the-Fields, Lincoln, Massachusetts (1986-1994), and most recently, Archdeacon of the Diocese of Massachusetts (1994-2004). In the dioceses of California, Kentucky, and Massachusetts he served a variety of organizations including diocesan clergy associations, hospital and AIDS ministry boards, diocesan trustees and councils, camp and conference center boards, and as chaplain to his local fire department. He was a Clerical Deputy to both the 2000 and 2003 General Conventions from the Diocese of Massachusetts. He was founder of Epiphany at Sea, a program taking inner-city middle school students to sea on traditional fishing schooners, and he was a conference leader for CREDO. He currently serves on the CREDO Advisory Board and as trustee for the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, the Episcopal Preaching Foundation, the Ocean Classroom Foundation, and Kenyon College.
Bishop Hollingsworth continues to play goalie in ice hockey, enjoys cycling, fishing, and sailing, and drives a 1940 Indian motorcycle. His hobbies include woodworking, music, restoring antique vehicles, and doing anything with his family.