Rev. Mark Milligan began his ministry at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in August, 2014 after serving churches in Missouri and Vermont for 18 years. Before entering the ministry he had a 17 year career as a computer systems analyst. He holds a Bachelor of Arts/Religious Studies from Cleveland State University, and Masters of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary. Rev. Mark has also completed post graduate work at the Aquinas Institute of Theology/St. Louis University in Spiritual Direction becoming a certified spiritual director. He has completed the required course work and is currently working on his thesis to obtain his Doctor of Ministry degree from Eden Seminary.
Rev. Mark firmly believes in the priesthood of all believers and understands that he is in ministry with, and not to, the congregation. He feels that while the roles of the pastor are myriad, there are three that are at the core of ministry: preaching, teaching, and spiritual guidance. Rev. Mark believes it is important for the church to be a place of joy and celebration, not gloom and guilt. He strives to establish this tone during times of worship, study, fellowship, all times that the congregation comes together.
Rev. Mark has a passion for using the labyrinth and offering it as a tool for people who want to grow in their spiritual life. He serves on the board of directors of The Labyrinth Society where he offers guidance to those faith communities who wish to introduce the labyrinth into their ministry. He is also an avid student of sacred geometry; the contemplation and utilization of archetypal geometric patterns of Nature for the purposes of communing with God, the Creator. Rev. Mark and Kathy, his wife and partner in ministry of 39 years, have three grown children all of whom reside in St. Louis, MO.