Ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1979, the Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith served in parishes in Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Elected Bishop of Newark (NJ), he served in that capacity for twelve years until his retirement in 2018. As an active bishop, he helped reorganize the Coalition of Religious Leaders of New Jersey and served as President. In the wake of gang violence in Newark, he helped found the Newark Interfaith Coalition for Hope and Peace. With a local Rabbi and Iman from that coalition, he appeared several times on Morning Joe on MSNBC and did two PBS interview shows hosted by Jon Meacham. The three of them co-hosted A Matter of Faith, a NJ Public TV show that focused on local issues. He currently serves as the Bishop liaison for Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a network of 100 bishops he co-founded after the Newtown, CT killings in 2008; developing partnerships with other gun violence prevention groups. He has been part of the leadership team for Braver Angels, a national movement that seeks to de-polarize America. He does spiritual direction and coaching of clergy. He and his wife live in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. They have two children and two grandchildren.