Biography of Reverend Mark I. Salvacion

Reverend Mark I. Salvacion is the Pastor of Historic St. George’s UMC in Old City Philadelphia, where he has been appointed since July 2017.  Prior to attending Drew Theological School, Reverend Salvacion was a practicing attorney for 26 years, representing such clients as The Vanguard Funds, PNC Bank, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, and Prudential Financial.  Reverend Salvacion is also a certified arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).


Reverend Salvacion has been engaged in advocacy for immigrants, political asylum seekers, and persons in ICE detention for several years.  In this capacity, Reverend Salvacion has filed legal briefs and petitions, has argued in federal and administrative courts, and has challenged governmental policies that deprive citizens and immigrants their constitutional rights. For his work on behalf of the Greater Philadelphia immigrant community, Reverend Salvacion was awarded the “Valor in Pursuit of Justice” Award by PRIME Ecumenical Commitment to Refugees in December 2018.

Reverend Salvacion is also the recipient of the following awards:

  • The 2019 Henry L. Lambdin Prize for Excellence in Pastoral Ministry, awarded by Drew Theological School

  • The 2018 Henry G. Appenzeller Award for Excellence in United Methodist history and polity studies, awarded by Drew Theological School

  • A 2016-2019 United Methodist Initiative Scholarship, which is a full-tuition seminary scholarship awarded by the United Methodist Church to those showing promise to be outstanding United Methodist clergypersons

  • The 2017 Delaplaine McDaniel Fellowship, awarded for outstanding academic accomplishment and promise for ministry, awarded by Drew University

  • The 2016 Saatman Memorial Fellowship, awarded for outstanding promise in ministry to United Methodist students located in Philadelphia, awarded by Frankford United Methodist Church

Reverend Salvacion has been a featured speaker on immigration and sanctuary topics at forums sponsored by First United Methodist Church of Germantown, the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Philadelphia, the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, and local bar associations.


Reverend Salvacion lives in Philadelphia, PA with his wife Frances and dog Sydney. Reverend Salvacion’s daughter, Maya Ruth Salvacion, is a rising senior at Skidmore College. His hobbies include playing golf, piano, guitar and clarinet, and studying the works of the 20th century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.