The Rev. Canon Mark A. Scheneman

Church History, Spirituality, and Practical Theology

The Reverend Canon Mark A. Scheneman retired from full time ministry in January 2015 following 40 years of service, including 28 years as Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Carlisle Pennsylvania. He serves in part-time ministry in retirement as Priest-in-charge of historic Bangor Episcopal Church, Churchtown, Pennsylvania as of February 2015.  Prior to coming to the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, he served in three Philadelphia area congregations, including nine years as Rector of Saint Peter’s, Broomall.  In 1994 he was inducted as an honorary canon of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Harrisburg. In the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania he has served on several diocesan committees, including the Commission on Ministry, which he chaired for seven years. He currently serves as a diocesan Examining Chaplain.  An Associate of the Order of the Holy Cross, he has been a frequent retreat and seminar leader.  He was the featured preacher for Holy Week in March 2016 at Carlisle Cathedral, England.

Canon Scheneman is a graduate of Moravian College, Bethlehem Pennsylvania and holds masters degrees from the General Theological Seminary and Temple University.  His Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Ministry degree was granted by the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia where he also served as an adjunct faculty member.  His dissertation concerned Destructive Religious Cults and he has lectured widely on the subject for over twenty years. He has also traveled six times to the Holy Land and while on sabbatical in 1995, he served as the Interim Chaplain of Saint George’s College, Jerusalem.

He was a founding member of Historic Carlisle, Inc., and served multiple terms as President.  A member of the Cumberland Star Lodge, F&A Masons, he served as Chaplain to the lodge.  He is a past President of the Carlisle Rotary Club.

He is a bagpiper with the Quitaphilla Highland Pipe Band, and an 18th century reenactor.  His interest in “things Celtic” extends to Celtic music, spirituality, and several trips to Scotland and Ireland.  His sabbatical in the summer of 2001 included the Celtic Studies Seminar at Durham University in England and leading another pilgrimage to Ireland.  He participated in an archeological dig in Scotland in the summer of 2004 with students from the Classic Department at Dickinson College.  Representing the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, he traveled in August 2005 to Sao Paulo, Brazil, to attend their diocesan convention.  Canon Scheneman and his wife, Dottie, now make their home in Ephrata, PA.