Rev. Mark T. Muckler was recently appointed as pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Mount Airy.
Muckler has served in full-time Christian ministry since 1998 in a number of capacities, “from being an assistant headmaster in a Christian school, serving as youth director in the local church, to serving as camp chaplain, and pastor in small rural settings, and being on staff at larger thriving churches,” according to the church’s Pastor Parrish Relations Committee
He holds a B.S. in communications from Appalachian State University, a MDIV from Duke Divinity School, and is an ordained elder in full connection in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is enrolled in the certification program in Ccamping and retreat ministry through the General Board of Discipleship, has served on camp boards, and on a number of Walk to Emmaus weekends including spiritual director.
He is a graduate of the Royce and Jane Reynolds Program in Church Leadership, the Rev. George Thompson Proclamation Institute, the week long Academy for Spiritual Direction, the Clergy School of the Spirit — where he is enrolled for the third year — and is enrolled in the conference program entitled Invest Young Clergy. In February, he was a tour host to the Holy Lands with Educational Opportunities.
He and his wife Jill are both Charlotte natives and have three children, two boys, Caleb 14, and Graceson 12, and a little girl named Lily 8. They have a flat-coated retriever named Chloe who loves children, and a one-year-old kitty named Callie.
In his spare time, he enjoys writing and journaling, and his work has appeared in a handful of published devotional readings. He is an Eagle Scout and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and friends hiking, kayak fishing, leading spiritual retreats, camping, nature photography, and mountain biking.
His appointment became effective July 1.