Prior to joining the IRD in 1994, Mark worked eight years for the Central Intelligence Agency as an analyst. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and is a native of Arlington, Virginia. A lifelong United Methodist, he has been active in United Methodist renewal since 1988, when he wrote a study about denominational funding of pro-Marxist groups for his local congregation. He currently attends a United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Tooley became president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) in 2009. He joined IRD in 1994 to found its United Methodist committee (UMAction). He is the author of Taking Back The United Methodist Church, published in 2008, and Methodism and Politics in the 20th Century, published in 2012. His articles about the political witness of America's churches have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The American Spectator, Patheos, Washington Post On Faith, World, Christianity Today, First Things, The Weekly Standard, National Review Online, Washington Examiner, Human Events, The Washington Times, The Review of Faith and International Affairs, Touchstone, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Post, and elsewhere. He is a frequent commentator on radio and television.
Assemblies of God General Superintendent George O. Wood has released this statement responding to Jeff Walton’s coverage of the recent Society of Pentecostal Studies meeting in Seattle. At that event, the society’s then president, Paul Alexander, who’s ordained in the Assemblies of God, made controversial remarks about race, theology and sex.
“Dr. Paul Alexander is a faculty member of Palmer Seminary and a licensed Assemblies of God minister. On April 8, I received a copy of statements attributed to him at the Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS) meeting. At the time of those remarks, Dr. Alexander served as president of SPS.
I am waiting for a written transcript to be completed from his address at SPS. In the meantime, I have made his district superintendent aware of this matter. Our General Council Bylaws, Article X, provide for a process when allegations are made against a credentialed minister.
I trust that there will never be a day in the Assemblies of God when a credentialed minister can continue to hold credentials and support any form of sexual immorality.”Google+