Reverend Canon T. Mark Dunnam and his wife Dottie

Reverend Canon T. Mark Dunnam and his wife Dottie

The Reverend Canon T. Mark Dunnam and his wife Dottie are overjoyed to be joining the richness and vibrancy of life and fellowship at St James, Florence.  Canon Dunnam comes to St. James from the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast where he has served as Canon to the Ordinary.  He worked in the administration and program of a diocese of 63 congregations.  He brings a wide variety of expertise and interests in congregational development and community outreach, as well as ecumenical and inter-faith relations, and Benedictine spirituality.  His background includes serving as a three-term Deputy to General Convention and as a member of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, The General Theological Seminary in New York City.

On a personal note, Canon Dunnam appreciates the Arts, especially abstract expressionism.  He is a painter, enjoys gardening, cooking for dinner parties, and strolls in the park.

Dottie, affectionately called “Miss Dottie” by many students and friends, enjoys teaching piano and cooking.  She is a member of the International Piano Teaching Foundation where she does consulting work in piano pedagogy.  When she visited Firenze in July, she left her heart with the people she met from St. James.  Now, she happily looks forward to packing Marcella Hazan’s  The Classic Italian Cookbook and beginning her new life in that special place.

Mark and Dottie also eagerly anticipate introducing their daughters, Sheridan and Elizabeth, to the parish.

Canon Dunnam says:  “I am excited about being your new rector at this time of Centenary at the beginning of a new chapter in the life of St. James Church.  I look forward to putting down roots there, and our future ministry together.”

St. James is looking forward to the Dunnam’s arrival and their first service on October 11, 2009.

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