Revs. Mark and Helen Pope were hired as co-ministers when Max Lafser departed. Helen had a Science of Mind background and both Mark and Helen were ordained Unity Ministers. Mark was well liked and admired. His talks were thought-provoking, rich with material, and sprinkled with lots of funny stories. He and his wife Helen, spoke alternate Sundays. She was very authentic and “walked the talk.” Helen died suddenly from heart complications. Later, Mark married Shelton Olson, who had worked as Office Administrator for some time. He then divorced and married a third time.
Mark Pope was with Unity of Sedona for almost three years. During his time with Unity Church of Sedona, Mark Pope initiated its first Chaplain Program. Dr. Jack Baldwin and Jeannette Suggs were two of these original Chaplains and Nonda Kellogg chaired the Prayer Ministry. Church attendance was at a peak when Mark left and the church savings account was increasing every month.