Mark Clavier was born in Greenville, SC but grew up mainly in south Florida and Virginia. After earning an A.B. in History from The College of William & Mary and an M.T.S at The Divinity School, Duke University, he spent more than twelve years in Anglican parish ministry first in Maryland and then in North Carolina.
In 2008, he moved to the UK where he earned a PhD from Durham University for his dissertation on the role of delight in Augustine of Hippo's theology. While living in Durham, he served as an assistant priest in four post-industrial pit villages and lectured at Cranmer Hall, Durham.
After briefly returning to full-time parish ministry in the idyllic countryside of north Oxfordshire, Mark moved to the Cardiff area of Wales to serve as the Acting Principal and Dean of Residential Training at St Michael's College, Llandaff and lecture at Cardiff University. Afterwards, he spent two years as Vice-Principal and Charles Marriott Director of Pastoral Studies at St Stephen's House, Oxford.
He is now Residentiary Canon of Brecon Cathedral in Wales where he also directs Convivium, an initiative to foster a vision of the Church that stands apart from consumerism. He spends much of his free time walking in the beautiful Brecon Beacons with his wife, Sarah, and their two Spaniels Cuthbert and Humphrey.