St. Mark’s welcomes new pastor

The Rev. David A. McCloskey of Harbor Beach, Mich., was installed as the new pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church, 133 Lovers Lane, Steubenville, during a service of installation held Aug. 3 at the church. He officially began his duties Aug. 4.

Clergy and family members on hand were, above, from left, the Rev. Kevin A. McLeod; SELC District President the Rev. Carl H. Krueger, officiant; McCloskey; his wife, Judy McCloskey; their three children, Andrew, Rachel and Emily McCloskey; and the Rev. John L. Telloni.

Following the service, a special dinner was served in the fellowship hall.

McCloskey grew up in Robinson Township, Pa., and graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in photography. He worked for various commercial studios in Pittsburgh, a time during which he would meet his wife, Judy, a Lutheran with whom he began attending church.

“It was while attending church with Judy that I first began to feel God’s call to serve him in ministry,” McCloskey writes in his bio.

He and Judy were married on June 20, 1992, at Hope Lutheran Church in Pennsylvania, and the following 11 years brought a continued nudging toward ministry. On Aug. 3, 2003, the McCloskey family left their home in Weirton and headed to seminary in St. Louis, Mo.

McCloskey was ordained in August 2008, receiving his master of divinity at the LCMS Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. His first appointment was in Harbor Beach where he served for more than four years.

His wife is a marriage and family therapist who runs a summer camp for autistic children.