Fr. Mark McNary, Rector
The Reverend Father Mark McNary was appointed as Rector to St. Peter Orthodox Church on January 15th, 2014. Previously, Father Mark served as a Deacon at St. Basil Orthodox Church in Metairie, LA.
A convert to the Orthodox Church, Fr. Mark grew up in a conservative Presbyterian Church. As a pastor, his journey would take him through a number of different Protestant and Evangelical church faiths. There came a point in his pastoral ministry and Christian life which prompted him to study the first millennium of the Church, particularly those earliest of years when the Church was one undivided faith.
Seeking to discover what Christians believed during that time, how they worshipped, and how they practiced their faith would lead him to the Orthodox Church. He increased his studies and in 2011 received his Master of Arts in Applied Orthodox Theology from Balamand University in Lebanon.
Father Mark and his wife, Debbie McNary, have been married since 1992. Together they have three children: Jonathan, Jesse, and Elisabeth.
Deacon Kenneth Taliaferro
Deacon Kenneth Taliaferro grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and attended the North Side Church of Christ where his father was an Elder. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Abilene Christian University and a Master of Theology degree from Southern Methodist University.
After completing seminary, Deacon Kenneth was ordained a minister in the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ and served churches in Abilene, Texas. He was also an Associate Pastor in Springfield, Missouri. After leaving Springfield he returned to Fort Worth to go into the business of managing and investing in commercial property. In addition to his business he has also been the pastor of several churches in the Fort Worth area throughout the years.
Deacon Kenneth became a member of St. Peter Orthodox Church in 2009. After completing the St. Stephen’s Course of Orthodox Studies, he was ordained to the Deaconate in 2015. He and his wife Dianne have one daughter, Kristie Gibson and a granddaughter named Grace.