Dr. (Bishop) Mark L. Conley, 59, of Fremont, OH passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Firelands Regional Center in Sandusky, OH. He was born on April 29, 1958 in Fremont, the son of James Conley and Adele (Lee) Conley-Bowling. He was a 1976 graduate of Fremont Ross High School. Mark received a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from University of Findlay and a Doctorate in Divinity from North Tennessee Bible Institute. He also received a Diploma of Pastoral Studies from Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay, OH.
Mark married Cynthia J. Burel on February 23, 1985 at Grace Brethren Church and she survives.
He was a Highway Transportation Manager at ODOT where he was employed for twenty-nine years until he retired in 2017. He was also a licensed barber and cosmetologist.
Dr. Conley was the Founding Pastor of Sanctuary Chapel in Fremont and Pastor of the Solid Rock COGIC in Marion, OH. He was consecrated a Bishop at Rivers of Living Waters International by Bishop Robert Jones. Dr. Conley was then made Bishop of the Southern Episcopal Church of Nashville, TN by Bishop H. Manning. He was also a Cub Master of Pack 302.
Mark is survived by his wife of thirty-two years, Cynthia J. Conley, Fremont, OH; children, Phillip Eric and Evan Jerome Conley, Ponce Erica (Richard) Norris and Pagil Elizabeth Conley; mother, Adele Conley-Bowling; grandson, Joseph C. Conley; siblings, Mary A. Hall and James (Deb) Conley; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Conley; step father, Percy Bowling.
Visitation: Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home and Crematory, 425 E State St., Fremont, OH.
Service: Saturday, January 27, 2018; 11:00 a.m. at The Church on 53, 1105 CR 41, Fremont, with an hour of visitation prior to the service at the church. Bishop David L. Herron will preside.
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery
Memorials can be made to the family.