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Mark Hutton served on Young Life staff before becoming a coffee-roasting, fly-fishing, article-poetry- writing, Presbyterian minister. In fact, it was through his experience serving as a writer and minister that Mark discovered his passion for public service. In 2018, Mark was elected to the Sullivan County Commission where, until he was appointed to Bristol’s City Council in 2022, he represented Bristol’s 2nd District. He has also served on ethics committees for Bristol Regional Medical Center and Sullivan County. Until recently, he served as Chair for the Criminal Justice Committee for TCSA and on the Administrative Committee.
Beyond public service, Mark is a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church, USA where he serves as pastor to churches in transition. He teaches courses in both the religion and literature department at King University. Additionally, Mark is from Bristol, TN and was a 1987 graduate of Tennessee High. He holds a BA in Biology and English Literature from Carson-Newman, a Master of Divinity from Samford University's Beeson Divinity School, a Master of Arts in Literature from East Tennessee State University, and a doctorate from Covenant Theological Seminary in Saint Louis, MO. But you may have seen Mark’s work in the Bristol Herald Courier or perhaps in Theatre Bristol’s production of Scrooge the Musical and Les Misérables.
Most importantly, Mark and his wife Sherry have three sons and two amazing dogs. After living in AL, VA, and MO, the Huttons chose to come home to Bristol – because it really is an awesome place to live.