Mark Tidd comes from a career Navy family and is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. Ordained by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), his theological education includes a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., and a Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. His military education includes the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Armed Forces Staff College, and he graduated with distinction from the National War College in Washington, D.C., with a Master of Science in National Security Strategy.
Rev. Tidd retired in 2014 after serving over 30 years as a Navy chaplain aboard Navy ships and with Marine units in combat, teaching at the Naval Chaplains School, and living overseas three times with his wife Jennifer. In his final assignment he served as the Chief of Navy Chaplains, providing executive oversight for the recruiting, professional development, and assignment of over 1,100 active duty and reserve Navy chaplains from over 100 religious bodies, while also advising the Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations, and other senior Navy leaders on policy issues affecting their people. Mark and Jennifer have two adult children, and they make their home in Arlington, Va.