The Reverend Mark Hayes
joined us in September, 2000 as our new Settled Minister. Mark grew up in northern Michigan, but resided in Maryland for fifteen years before moving to State College. He has been a math teacher, an experimental psychologist, and spent twelve years programming computers for a NASA contractor. Mark discovered Unitarian Universalism at Paint Branch UU Church in Adelphi, Maryland in 1988, and answered the call to ministry in 1995. He attended Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, where he received the Master of Divinity degree in 1999. Before joining our Fellowship, Mark served as Ministerial Intern at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria, Virginia, as Summer Minister at the UU Congregation of Fairfax in Oakton, Virginia, and as Interim Minister at the Accotink UU Church in Burke, Virginia. Mark resides in the State College area with his spouse, Cathy Vandenberg, and their two sons, Andy and Ben.