Mary Park
Director of Christian Education

(804) 358-2383 x119


  • Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:7

  • Movies: Love Actually, Love Story

  • Books: The Great Gatsby, any Elin Hilderbrand or Jodi Picoult

  • TV Shows: Parenthood, Gilmore Girls, and anything on HGTV

  • Music: almost anything from 80s rock to Dave Matthews to current country

  • For fun I like to: Run, take pictures, entertain and cook new dishes. I also like family vacations (my favorite spots are Disney World and Cape Cod) and day trips.

About Mary

 I grew up a small town called Bluefield, WV where I was blessed to receive the best that small town America had to offer. After graduating high school I left for Sweet Briar College where I spent an incredible four years. In those four years I learned a lot about who I was and by the time graduation rolled around I was pretty sure that my degree in international affairs was not indicative of what God had in store for my future.

While in college I met my husband Robert, then a student at Hampden-Sydney College. We were married three weeks after I graduated and moved to Richmond, where he had been living following his graduation the year prior.  We were both working, had found a church home, bought a house, and were expecting our first son when I felt the call to Christian Education.  I began seminary at what is now known as Union Presbyterian Seminary when my first son was two months old. When I was half way through the program we were thrown an unexpected twist and returned to my hometown. Ultimately I ended up serving a church as Director of Children and Youth there for seven years while I finished my M.A.C.E. degree. I also spent time as a preschool teacher while in Bluefield.

I have a passion for family-based ministry and enjoy the challenges of intergenerational ministry.  I love discovering opportunities for families to come together and serve through missions.

Robert and I have four sons—Ethan, Davis, Colin, and Brooks.