Fr. Gregory Crosthwait is the 6th Rector of St. Mark’s Church. He is married to Emily Crosthwait, who grew up in the Lake Highlands area of Dallas. They were married in 1997 and have three children: Helen, Grace, and Thomas.
He grew up in Garland, Texas, graduated with a B.A. in Literary Studies from University of Texas at Dallas in 1994, and earned a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2002.
The strong musical and choral traditions of St. Mark’s are of particular interest for Fr. Crosthwait, who grew up as an active member of First Baptist Church, Garland, participating in children’s and youth choirs. After college he attended Grace Bible Church, Dallas. During this time he sensed a call to ministry. In response to this call he attended Dallas Theological Seminary where he focused his studies in Systematic Theology and Pastoral Ministries.
During seminary, in a course on the history of Christian worship, Fr. Crosthwait discovered the liturgy, the sacraments, and the Book of Common Prayer. This began a process which culminated in his call to the sacred priesthood. He sees his chief gifts for ministry as preaching and teaching the Holy Scripture, helping people learn to read the Bible, pray, and become active students of Jesus in everyday life.