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Reverend Marks is a native of Jeanerette, Louisiana. His call to ministry was at the early age of 17 years old. After many years on his ‘Jonah journey’ he was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1981. His diverse Christian faith upbringing (Methodist, Catholic and Baptist) prepared him to pastor in both the civilian and military ministries. He is presently the pastor for Fellowship United Church of Christ in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Reverend Marks has ministered and pastored in congregations in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Virginia. As a military chaplain he has had the privilege to pastor in Belgium, Germany, and Iraq. His speaking and preaching engagements have taken him throughout the United States and to foreign countries as Korea, Israel, Germany, Belgium, and Iraq.

His academic accomplishments include two Associates degrees, a Bachelor of Science, Three Masters Degrees and a Doctor of Ministry Degree.

Reverend Marks’ leadership experiences enabled him to obtain the rank of Colonel in the US Army and to be senior administrator for the religious programs in several major army organizations. This included being the primary pastor and administrator for the religious well being of all military and civilians, over 200,000 people, in the Multinational Forces Coalition in the country of Iraq.

Reverend Marks presently serves as President of the Southern Conference, United Church of Christ which includes over two hundred congregations located in North Carolina and Southeastern Virginia.

His awards and honors include in the military two Legion of Merits medals, two Bronze Stars medals (one for valor), and the Purple Heart medal; the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.’s Omega Man of the Year and Colonel Charles Young Awards. Reverend Marks is also the first African American to become a commissioned officer through the Louisiana National Guards Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 1967.

Reverend Marks is married to the former Carolyn Charlton of Roanoke, Virginia. They have three adult children, nine grandchildren and three great grandsons.