Mark W. Harris, a native of New Salem, Massachusetts was born on September 26, 1951. He graduated from Bates College in 1973, the University of New Hampshire (M.A., 1975) and the Starr King School for the Ministry (M.Div., 1978). Harris served Underbank Chapel and Unity Church in Sheffield England in 1978, and then was called to St. Paul's Universalist Church in Palmer, MA in 1979, where he was ordained in April of that year. From 1985-89 he was the Director of Information for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), and then was called to the First Parish in Milton, MA, where he remained until 1996. That fall he began a co-ministry with his wife Andrea Greenwood at the First Parish of Watertown, MA, but after two years Harris was called to be the sole pastor. He is the father of four sons: Joel, Levi, Dana and Asher. He has written numerous UUA pamphlets, including Unitarian Universalist Origins. He has written a history of New Salem, MA: Among the Dry Bones, coedited Celebrating Easter and Spring (2000), is the author of the Historical Dictionary of Unitarian Universalism (2004), and has most recently written "Hosea Ballou's Treatise at 200," for the Unitarian Universalist Christian (2005).