Contact Bishop Hollingsworth
Bishop of Ohio
The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr. was born on April 9, 1954, to Caroline Jeanes Hollingsworth and the late Mark 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. He then earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 1981, from which he later received an honorary Doctor of Divinity. The Rt. Rev. William E. Swing, Bishop of California, ordained him Deacon and Priest in 1981 and 1982, respectively. On November 15, 2003, he was elected the Eleventh Bishop of Ohio.
Bishop Hollingsworth and his wife, Susan Hunt Hollingsworth, are the parents of Sophie, Isaac, Eli, and Lily. The Bishop is an avid cyclist, fly-fisher, and sailor, and drives a 1939 Indian motorcycle. He plays a variety of stringed instruments and, to his wife's chagrin, the bagpipes. He restores antique vehicles of various sorts, collects autographs, and keeps bees.
Since ordination, Bishop Hollingsworth has 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 Archdeacon of the Diocese of Massachusetts (1994-2004). In the dioceses of California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Ohio he has served a variety of organizations including diocesan clergy associations; healthcare and AIDS ministry boards; diocesan trustees and councils; camp and conference center, clergy deployment, and seminary 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. Bishop Hollingsworth was founder of Epiphany at Sea, a program taking inner-city middle school students to sea on traditional fishing schooners, and he was for many years a Conference Leader for CREDO. He currently serves as a trustee of Bexley-Seabury Seminary and Kenyon College.