Mark's father Elmer Coolidge was the original elected council member from the All-father's church, but when he passed on a year later, Mark took over where his father left off. The temple of the All-father remains a small clergy, so Mark is not very vocal on the council. If an idea comes up that seems harsh or uncivilized, he throws in his agreement or disdain as appropriate, but he brings up only enough ideas himself to not seem derelict in his duties.
Father Mark is one of the only council members who is happy to discuss the decisions of the council with the common people. There is a group of town elders who meet in the village square with Mark after council sessions to discuss what had been decided that day by the council.