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Rev. Mark Tyler - Senior Pastor Mother Bethel AME Church

Mark Kelly Tyler is a native of Oakland, CA and he is the third child of Bill and Elroy Tyler. In 1987, he accepted God’s call to preach the liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  

Dr. Tyler is a graduate of both Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelor in Religion and Payne Theological Seminary where he received his Masters of Divinity. Upon graduation from Payne, Dr. Tyler went into full time pastoral ministry in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. During his time as senior pastor, God has truly blessed his work. He has received into membership scores of persons, overseen major renovations at multiple properties across the country, and has been privileged to serve the following congregations:

    Oakley Chapel, Tebbets, Missouri
    Quinn Chapel, Jefferson City, Missouri
    Allen Chapel, San Francisco, California
    Prince Chapel by the Sea, La Jolla, California
    Bethel, Oxford, Ohio
    Bethel, West Chester, Pennsylvania
    Macedonia, Camden, New Jersey

Dr. Tyler has also been active in the world of Theological Education, while serving as a pastor. He has served as the Director of Church Relations and Alumni Affairs at Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio and as the Director of Church Vocations at New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He is currently a fully affiliated faculty member at the Methodist Theological Seminary of Ohio.

Dr. Tyler earned the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton (Ohio) and his current research is focused on the history of clergy education in the African Methodist Episcopal Church during the mid-19th century. He hopes to soon complete the first major publication on the pioneering efforts of 19th century AMEC clergy in the field of theological education. 

Dr. Tyler led the drive to secure the funding for Bishop Richard Allen: Apostle of Freedom (The Documentary), serving as Executive Producer and Writer on the project. He also served as the Producer and Writer for the Council of Bishops’ production of The Anvil: Echoes from the General Conference which made its debut at the 2012 General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Dr. Tyler appeared in the "Skip" Gates six part PBS series entitled The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. Additionally, Dr. Tyler has appeared in various documentaries, including: The Scroll: Evidence of the Life Unseen, Volume 2; the PBS series, A Taste of History; Philadelphia: The Great Experiment; and, Philly Firsts

Dr. Tyler currently holds the esteemed honor of serving as the 52nd pastor of Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mother Bethel, founded by African Methodist Episcopal Church founder Bishop Richard Allen, has been a spiritual, social, and community force since the late 1700s. Mother Bethel is known throughout the world and continues to be a beacon of hope and light for those who are lost and in need of direction. 

Dr. Tyler is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and in his spare time enjoys traveling to new places, mountain bike riding, and roller skating. He and his wife, Leslie, live in the metropolitan Philadelphia area. He has four wonderful children.

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