The Rector


In the Episcopal Church tradition, the Rector of a parish church serves in several roles. As Rector, Mark is responsible for helping the parish to articulate its vision and mission as a community seeking to follow Christ. He also has primary responsibility for the parish’s worship life and is the community’s main preacher and teacher. He is responsible for appointing and supervising the parish staff and has oversight of the parish’s programs and spiritual formation. The Rector serves as something of an executive director in addition to his spiritual role.

MSN3 (3)The Reverend Mark Nestlehutt was called as the Sixth Rector of Washington Memorial Chapel in February 2019 and began his ministry here in April of 2019. Before coming to the Chapel, Mark served as Rector of Christ Church-St. Michael’s Parish in Saint Michaels, Maryland (2003-2016); Associate Rector for Christian Formation and Chaplain to the Day School at St. Chrysostom’s Church in Chicago (2001-2003); Chaplain and Aide to the Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE, Bishop of Massachusetts (2000-2001); and Curate of the Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, Massachusetts (1997-2000). He attended seminary at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts (EDS) with a concentration in Anglican, Global and Ecumenical Studies, and holds a certificate in World Mission and Ecumenism from the Boston Theological Institute (BTI).

Throughout his ministry, Mark has been interested and engaged in the broader Anglican Communion, serving as Chair of the Companion Diocese Relationship with the Diocese of the North Eastern Caribbean and Aruba in the Church in the Province of the West Indies (2007-2014); sabbatical Visiting Chaplain at St. Peter’s College, an Anglican boys school in Adelaide, South Australia (2009); living and working at St. Christopher’s Church in the black township of Sobantu in KwaZulu-Natal Province, and interning at the Cathedral Foundation of St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, through a grant from The Episcopal Church’s Standing Committee on Mission (1997); and at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Athens, Greece in the Church of England’s Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe (1996).

A native of Atlanta, Mark studied at the University of Georgia (economics and history) and Georgia State University (international relations and foreign policy). He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy (1986-1989) and worked for five years in commercial banking and asset planning in New Orleans, Atlanta, and Baltimore before attending seminary.

Mark lives in Berwyn with his wife, the Reverend Abigail Crozier Nestlehutt, their two teenage children, a Golden Retriever, and an Amazon Parrot. His longtime interests and activities include cycling, sailing, playing squash, hiking, traveling, watching rugby (he played from 1980-2012), reading for pleasure, theatre, and opera (immediately prior to being called to the Chapel, Mark spent 18 months as the Director of Planned Giving at Opera Philadelphia).

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