Prior to joining the IRD in 1994, Mark worked eight years for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). 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 attends a United Methodist church in Alexandria, Virginia. Mark Tooley became president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) in 2009. He joined IRD in 1994 to found its United Methodist committee (UM ).
He is the author of , published in 2008; , published in 2012; and, published in 2015. His articles about the political witness of America's churches have appeared in:
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