An Appreciation of Mark Staples — an Esteemed Colleague and Friend
I reluctantly accepted our seminary writer Mark Staples’ letter of resignation the end of August with a heavy heart. Mark had been very forthright about his fluid situation with his health and family responsibilities, and future plans, and I appreciated his honesty and professionalism — his trademarks for as long as I have had the pleasure of knowing and collaborating with him.
Mark has been a colleague and friend for the past decade, and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time together. His work speaks for itself, and I always could count on him to run with a story with no misgivings, trusting the task would be accomplished in a timely manner with always a creative surprise on slant or perspective. Mark’s extensive institutional knowledge, flexibility, and passion for the mission of this institution have been invaluable to and a source of inspiration in my work at the seminary. We really did make a great team! I can’t remember even one instance where there was an uncivilized word between us. As a matter of fact, only mutual respect and laughter come to mind! And we got through a sometimes daunting amount of work with humor and sense of a higher purpose — getting the word out to our constituencies about happenings at the seminary, what our students, faculty, staff, and alumni were contributing to our nation and world for the sake of the Gospel, and beyond.
I have learned so much from Mark about faith and communicating with integrity, prioritizing and pushing the boundaries, and quiet dedication and steadfastness. I am forever grateful for his dynamic and uplifting presence.
The seminary is definitely a better place for Mark Staples having passed through its doors, and I wish him and his family good health and blessings and a life filled with joy and continued purpose.
Merri Bender Brown
Read Mark’s “A Fond Farewell Reflection” in LTSP Notes.