Bishop Mark Lattime

Mark Lattime

Mark Lattime became the 8th Bishop of Alaska on September 4, 2010.  He came to Alaska from Geneseo, NY, a college town in the Western Finger Lakes region of New York State.  There he was serving as the Rector of St. Michael’s Epsicopal Church.  Before his call to Geneseo, he served in Lexington, VA, in the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. Prior to becoming a priest, Lattime worked for two agencies that provided vocational, day, and residential services to adults with disabilities.  He reports that his work with this vulnerable and often forgotten population was formative in developing his understanding of what it means to see Christ and the fullness of humanity in all persons and to respect the dignity of every human being.

Lattime grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York State graduating High School in Fairport, NY, a suburb of Rochester.  However, the majority of his youth was spent in Trumansburg, NY, near Ithaca.  He has fond memories of growing-up in T-burg (as the locals call it) and of bicycling around Cayuga Lake with his friends and camping at Taughannock Falls park.  Lattime has spent most of his life in Western New York and is a fan of winter weather and all manner of outdoor activities.   When asked about adjusting to the cold and dark of Alaska, Lattime replies:  “anyone who asks that question has never spent a winter in Western New York.”

Lattime was born on an Air Force base in Puerto Rico.  Perhaps this explains his life-long love of flying.  He earned his Private Pilot Certificate in 2005 and looks for every opportunity to be in the air.  Inspired by the stories of Bishop Bill Gordon, the 3rd Bishop of Alaska and known as the “Flying Bishop,” Lattime hopes to use his love of flying to serve the remote areas of Alaska.

His hero, however, is the Venerable Hudson Stuck, Archdeacon of the Interior of Alaska from 1905 to 1920.  “Stuck was an extraordinary priest,” says Lattime,“ He left the comfort and relative wealth of his position as Dean of the Cathedral in Dallas to travel thousands of miles a year through the Alaska wilderness, by dog team and river boat, to serve the native people of Alaska in the name of  Christ.  He was a champion of Alaska Native culture and dignity and the importance of honoring their place and the land.  Stuck even led the first team to reach the summit of Denali. He’s my kind of priest.”

Lattime is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlise, PA, and Bexley Hall Seminary.

He has three children: Allison, David, and Jack.  He lives with his sons in Fairbanks.  Allison, who is a student at LeMoyne College, remains in Western New York with her mother, Lisa.