Join Dr. Mark Tarpley for
Uncovering the Deeper Implications of Technology in Our Lives"
November 15-17, 2019

About Mark Tarpley, Ph.D.


Dr. Mark Tarpley was born in Commerce, TX, a small East Texas university town. He grew up in a home of educators where his dad was a university professor and his mom was an elementary school teacher. During his college years, he met his wife, Sophia, and shortly after, they were received into the Orthodox Church together. Today, they have seven children, ages 6 – 18.

Mark earned his B.A. and Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Southern Methodist University, and his M.Div. from St. Tikhon’s Theological Seminary. He had the privilege to work under the guidance of Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Theological Seminary and Dean of the Antiochian House of Studies, for both his M.Div. thesis and doctoral dissertation. His graduate work focused on the Church Fathers in the context of marriage, family, and education.


Professionally, Mark has taught in public and private schools and holds a teaching certificate in math 8-12. His instructional experience includes middle school, high school, undergraduate, master’s level, and doctoral level courses. He has taught a variety of courses including upper school math courses, Patristic and Medieval history, Latin, logic, moral theology, the problem of evil, and comparative studies of St. John Chrysostom and St. Gregory the Theologian on family, marriage, and children.

Currently, Mark serves as an administrator in the role of Academic Specialist at Christian Life Preparatory School in Fort Worth, TX - a hybrid education model of classroom instruction and homeschooling. Over the last year, he has led the school through an internal review to create and implement a philosophy of technology plan that considers carefully all of the implications of technology in our lives today. Last August, he spoke in Chicago at the Orthodox Christian Writing Initiative on the topic of technology and education entitled, “Technology, Schools, and Orthodoxy: Seeing Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg.”