Seitz Named Canon of Episcopal Diocese
CHARLESTON — The Rev. Mark E. Seitz, rector of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Wheeling, has been named canon to the ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia.
A canon to the ordinary serves as an assistant to a diocesan bishop.
“I am happy to welcome Father Mark aboard,” said the Rt. Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia. “He brings tremendous gifts to our diocese. We are blessed to have him accept this call to serve our church in this capacity.”
Seitz has served as rector of St. Matthew’s since 1995. He has served a total of 36 years in parish ministry.
“It has been anw honor to be in Wheeling,” Seitz said. “My dad served in the diocese as rector of several parishes; I grew up here in West Virginia and have served here at St. Matthew’s for 24 years. I truly have been blessed, and I look forward to ministering to the people and congregations of our diocese.”
Seitz will continue to serve at St Matthew’s until after the diocesan convention at Oglebay Park in October and to celebrate the Wheeling parish’s 200th anniversary. He will welcome the Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, to Wheeling in early October.
Curry will be guest speaker at an event at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling at 3 p.m. on Oct. 5, as part of the church’s anniversary celebration.
Seitz and his wife, Kathleen, are parents of two adult children, Amy and Matthew. They will relocate from Wheeling to Charleston, where the diocesan office is located. He will begin his new position on Nov. 1.
While leading St. Matthew’s, Seitz and church members built various outreach programs to meet the needs of the local community. Programs include forming partnerships with local organizations, working with the Ohio County prosecutor’s office to create a Victims of Crime Assistance Program and expanding the church’s food pantry and outreach ministries.
In Wheeling, he has been involved with Habitat for Humanity and Faith in Action Caregivers. He was a leader of the Hopeful City project.
Active in the diocese for three decades, he has served on many committees, including the Commission on Ministry, Standing Committee and the Benjamin Spurr Trust. He also has served as deputy to The Episcopal Church’s General Convention and has been assigned to various committees there.
Seitz, a native of Huntington, has served several Episcopal churches since returning to the Mountain State from Texas in 1989.
He attended The Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.