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PARISH/CATHEDRAL STAFF

Clergy

The Very Rev. Steve Thomason

The Very Rev. Steve Thomason
Dean and Rector
sthomason@saintmarks.org
Phone: 206.323.0300, ext. 222

Steve was called to Saint Mark’s in the summer 2012 after serving in the Diocese of Arkansas, most recently at St. Paul’s in Fayetteville. Previously, he had served as Rector of St. Thomas in Springdale, Arkansas, and as a Canon Missioner for the Diocese. He was ordained in 2004 after attending the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, where he earned a Master of Divinity. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Arkansas. Steve is board certified in family medicine and in hospice/palliative medicine, and practiced for more than 20 years before turning to parish ministry full-time in 2012. He and his wife Kathy have been married for 28 years and have two adult daughters. He occasionally blogs at www.stevethomason.blogspot.com.

The Rev. Michael Carroccino

The Reverend Michael Carroccino
Curate
mcarroccino@saintmarks.org
Phone: 206.323.0300, ext. 227

Michael Carroccino, his wife Kristin, and their two young children are excited to be returning to the Diocese of Olympia after a three-year sojourn at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. Before seminary, Michael spent seven years in Bellingham building and remodeling houses with a small crew of fellow carpenters. He most enjoys time spent with his family – and particular when it involves the outdoors: Michael has training as a wilderness guide and still enjoys hiking, climbing, and boating. During seminary, he developed particular interests in family formation and narrative leadership. He and his wife have committed much energy to fostering spiritual practices in their home life, and they spent last summer on the road together visiting Episcopal churches across the country to hear the stories they tell. You can see their work at boatswithoutoars.blogspot.com , or read his blog at www.jesusstoolbelt.blogspot.com.

The Reverend Earl Grout

The Reverend Earl Grout
Deacon
egrout@saintmarks.org
deaconeg@gmail.com
Phone: 206.518.2833

Earl came to Saint Mark’s on 1st Advent, 2009. Besides serving on the cathedral’s pastoral care team and AIDS care team, Earl is focused on our ministry of hospitality to newcomers. As a deacon he represents the servant ministry of Christ, not only in our worship liturgy, but by helping members connect with opportunities to live their faith in service to others.

Read about Deacon Earl's Trans-Am Ride: biking across the USA. We'll be posting his newsletter here!

The Reverend Stephen Crippen

The Reverend Stephen Crippen
Deacon
stephen@stephencrippen.com
Phone: 206.214.7650

Deacon Stephen works primarily with the environmental-justice ministries and the Eucharistic visitors at St. Mark’s, and has led discernment groups for parishioners. He also serves on the preaching rota and shares liturgical duties with Deacon Earl. Stephen’s primary ministry is his private psychotherapy practice, and he also works as a trainer and consultant for the Diocese of Olympia.

Worship/Music/Formation

Canon Dr. Mel Butler

Canon Dr. Mel Butler
Canon Musician
mbutler@saintmarks.org
Phone: 206.323.0300, ext. 220

Mel Butler has been Saint Mark’s Canon Musician since 1992 where he directs three choirs and manages the entire music program. He has also taught at the University of Washington and the Eastman School of Music. He performs organ concerts nationally and internationally and is a published composer. Also a professional violist, Mel performs regularly with the Onyx Chamber Players.

Brian Fairbanks

Brian Fairbanks
Associate Musician/Chapel Organist
bfairbanks@saintmarks.org
Phone: 206.323.0300, ext. 294

Brian directs the Choir School and conducts three of cathedral choirs: the Youth Ensemble, Women's Choir and the Gallery Choir; and he is Associate Director for the Cathedral Choir. He is the principal organist for services in Thomsen Chapel. Brian also conducts and teaches chamber music and composition at Bella Musica’s Woodwind Camp; and for six seasons (2001-07) was music director for the award-winning music theatre program at Shorecrest High School in Shoreline. He is the former conductor of Amabile Choir/Northwest Girlchoir, and the Everett and Seattle Junior Symphonies. He has produced several acclaimed recordings for both The Esoterics and The Tudor Choir, earning favorable reviews in such international journals as Fanfare and Gramaphone magazines. He has degrees in music history and conducting from the University of Washington; his music is published by Paraclete Press.

Rebekah Gilmore

Rebekah Gilmore
Assistant Director, Saint Mark’s Choir School
rgilmore@saintmarks.org
Phone: 206.323.0300, ext. 297

Rebekah is a freelance soprano, choral conductor, and church musician in the Pacific Northwest. She performs regularly with the Tudor Choir, the Byrd Ensemble, the St. James Cathedral Cantorei and Choral Arts Northwest. Rebekah can also be heard on numerous movie, TV, and video game soundtracks. Rebekah is the founding director of the Ave Renaissance Women’s Choir in Seattle and currently serves both St. James and St. Mark’s Cathedrals as a soloist and conductor specializing in children’s music. Rebekah is the managing director of the Tallis Scholars Summer School USA and she maintains a private voice studio in Seattle. Rebekah is a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson
Compline Choir Director
andersonjason3@me.com

A man of diverse musical interests and talents, Dr. Jason Allen Anderson was appointed director of the Compline Choir in July 2009 and has been a member of the choir since 2004, singing baritone and countertenor. Dr. Anderson is equally at home on the stage and in the church as a performer, singer, conductor, organist, liturgist and composer. He hails from Franklin, Indiana, and is a graduate of Butler University (Indianapolis - B.M. in Music Education), Portland State University (Portland, Oregon - M.M. in Conducting), and the University of Washington (Seattle - D.M.A. in Choral Conducting). Dr. Anderson is currently Associate for Liturgical Arts and Youth Formation and Organist/Choirmaster at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Issaquah, Washington, serves on the Liturgy & Arts Commission for the (Episcopal) Diocese of Olympia, and is on the faculty for the Midsummer Musical Retreat.

Roger Sherman

Roger Sherman
Associate Organist

Roger was Associate Organist for many years during Peter Hallock’s tenure and continuing through the 1990’s. Roger’s schedule will now allow him once again to take up his organist role at Saint Mark’s. Roger is President of Loft/Gothic Recordings, the largest producer of organ and choral recordings in this country, and he is also host of Sunday night’s The Organ Loft broadcast on KING-FM. Roger has served on the Vestry of Saint Mark’s as Senior Warden as well as serving as a past president of Cathedral Associates. We “re-welcome” Roger to our cathedral in this active musical role.

Becky Morrill

Canon Becky Morrill
Canon Precentor
bmorrill@saintmarks.org
Phone: 206.323.0300, ext. 259

Becky has been on staff at Saint Mark’s since 2002. She holds a Masters of Divinity degree from the University of Chicago. She enjoys supporting the liturgical life of the Saint Mark’s community, with a particular passion for increasing the liturgical knowledge and involvement of laypeople and fully involving children and youth in liturgical ministry. In addition to her work at St. Mark’s Becky also coordinates many diocesan liturgies including ordinations and Diocesan Convention.

Cindy Spencer

Cindy Spencer
Children and Family Ministries Coordinator
cspencer@saintmarks.org
Phone: 206.323.0300, ext. 225

Cindy has been involved in children’s, youth and family ministry in a variety of churches since 1988, arriving at Saint Mark’s to become the Coordinator for Children and Youth Ministries in 2002. She received a Master’s of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1994, and was accredited as a Godly Play Teacher Trainer in 2002. She believes that all children are invited into a relationship with God, and that our role as the church is to provide enriching places and programs where this relationship can grow and develop. Cindy is married to Heath and has three children, now in college and high school.

In the summer of 2013, Cindy role shifted to a focus on children's ministry. She now shares her time and children's ministry knowledge with the Diocese of Olympia.

Bre Overton

Bre Overton
Youth Ministry Coordinator (Interim)
boverton@saintmarks.org
Phone: 206.696.3953

Bre has been working with the youth in a supportive role for special events and outings for the last couple of years. She is a 2010 graduate of Seattle University with a degree in Psychology and Spanish. She has devoted much of the last year as a mentor to young women in a Bolivian safe house where they were recovering from traumatic and vulnerable situations. She has served as a docent for the Seattle Aquarium, a participant in Saint Mark's Transformational Travel ministry, and as a swimming and water aerobics instructor at the Seattle YMCA. Her enthusiasm for youth ministry is born out of her experience as a member of vibrant youth programs in Arizona when she was a teenager.

Communications

Liz Sloat

Liz Sloat
Communications Director/Vestry Support
lsloat@saintmarks.org
Phone: 206.323.0300, ext. 219

Liz has been a full time employee since 2005, but began her connection with the Cathedral during Holy Week of 1994. She has also worked taken on a variety of projects at the Diocese of Olympia. She holds a BA in history and politics from Mt. Holyoke College and an MLIS from the University of Rhode Island School of Library Science. She came to Saint Mark's after 13 years as a professional stage manager in Seattle. Liz attends worship services with her children and is a teacher in the Godly Play classrooms.

Facilities

Glenn Sands

Glenn Sands
Sexton/Facilities Manager
gsands@saintmarks.org
Phone: 206.323.0300 x 214

Mary Coon

Mary Coon
Interim Sexton
sexton@saintmarks.org
Phone: 206.323.0300 x 214

Mary is temporarily filling this role while we hire a new Facilities Manager/Sexton (Click here for the job description and to apply.) You may recognize Mary's name: she has worked for the Cathedral in the past. She is also a long-time member of Saint Mark's.

Accounting

Mary Coon

Mark Jacobs
Accounting Manager
mjacobs@saintmarks.org
Phone: 206.323.0300, ext. 215

Mark began his position as Accounting Manager with Saint Mark’s in 2014 after settling in Seattle over a year ago. He holds two degrees - Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Bachelor of Arts in Music. With over 25 years experience in non-profit financial management, his most recent positions were as the Fiscal Officer for both People of Color Against AIDS Network in Seattle and St. John’s United Methodist Church in Santa Fe. Mark takes abstract painting classes at Gage Academy, studies French and spends significant time with his partner, Roger, enjoying life in and around Capitol Hill.

Cathedral Office

Erik Donner

Erik Donner
Executive Assistant/Office Manager
edonner@saintmarks.org
Phone: 206.323.0300, ext. 217

Erik began at Saint Mark's as Accounting Associate/Database Manager in 2012 and transitioned to this new role 2014. A Seattle-area native, he has a B.A. in Political Science from Pacific Lutheran University. Erik was previously a manager in the banking industry. He and his wife Jenny have been parishioners at Saint Mark’s since 2008, and were married at the cathedral in 2009.

Child Care Center

Barbara Martin

Barbara Martin
Child Care Center Director
childcare@saintmarks.org
Phone: 206.323.0300, ext. 313

I have lived in the Seattle area since 2001, and in 2004, began working in the child care center. I began work as childcare coordinator in 2012. I live with my husband, teenaged daughter, dog and 2 cats. I'm also a first degree black belt in taekwondo.

AFFILIATED PROGRAM STAFF

The Cathedral Shop

El McFarland

El McFarland
Shop Manager
emcfarland@saintmarks.org
Phone: 206.323.1040

El has been an active member of Saint Mark's since 1995. She was first introduced to the Cathedral Shop as a volunteer and became a manager in 2001. Prior to her arrival, she had 20 years of retail experience as owner and operator of several stores in Columbus, OH.

George Treusch

George Treusch
Assistant Manager & Bookbuyer
gtreusch@saintmarks.org
Phone: 206.323.1040

George began as part time book and CD buyer, bringing experience as an independent book store owner, musician and liturgist for All Saints (Bellevue) and finance systems analyst for Boeing to the Cathedral Shop in 2001. He still selects books and music for the Shop, keeps the financial reporting straight and proclaims the latest news through Shop website and Facebook pages. Now full time.

Saint Mark's Preschool

Saint Mark's Cathedral Preschool

Jenny Romischer
Preschool Director
preschool@saintmarks.org

Click here to learn more about the Preschool

Phone: 206.323.1844

Teachers and staff:
• Shirley Colman
• Jenny Romischer
• Heather Go
• Julie Wittmann (Administrative Assistant)

Saint Mark's Counseling Service

Cathedral Shop in Spring

 

Kathleen Tyrrell, M.S., L.M.F.T

Washington State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist: #020705 LF00001340
Phone: 206.323.0339

 

Practicing as a Marriage and Family Therapist for 26 years, Kathleen came to work with Saint Mark’s Counseling Service in 1989. She can be found on the second floor of Leffler House in "the upper room." Click here to learn more about the Counseling Service or call Kathleen at 206.323.0339.

The Reconciliation Center

The Rt. Rev. Cabell Tennis
Phone: ext. 209

Prayer List & Chain

Jonie Pritchard
Please note: this is a voicemail box.
Phone: 206.323.0300 (After hours dial ext. 314)

Lay Eucharistic Visitor Request

Danielle Richmond
Lay Eucharistic Visitors bring communion to those who are unable to attend services at the Cathedral. Please let us know if you or someone you know, would like a visitor.
Please note: you should leave your request on the Pastoral Care "Chaplain of the Week" voicemail:
Phone: 206.755.2076

Non-Stipendiary Assisting Clergy

The Right Reverend Cabby Tennis

The Right Reverend Cabby Tennis
Bishop-in-Residence

Bishop Cabell Tennis studied first to be a lawyer and later followed a calling to the priesthood. He served parishes in Portsmouth, VA and in Buffalo, NY, before being called in 1970 to be the Dean here at Saint Marks. He was elected and consecrated the ninth Episcopal Bishop of Delaware in 1986 where he was active in social justice programs. Bishop Tennis has served the national Episcopal Church as a member of the Committee on Sexual Exploitation, and the Joint Commission on Program Budget and Finance and remains a member of the House of Bishops. He has been a member of multiple bar associations as well as the Academy of Family Mediators, and now belongs to the Association for Conflict Resolution. Retired now, he is member of the Medical Quality Assurance Commission (WA state), the Committee on Public Legal Education and a mediator with the Dispute Resolution Center of King County.
Bishop Tennis presides from time to time at worship, provides pastoral care at the request of the Dean, and remains active in justice programs at St. Mark's and in the greater Seattle community.

The Reverend Canon Chuck Atcheson

 

The Reverend Canon Chuck Atcheson
 

 

The Rev. Diane Brelsford

 

The Reverend Diane Brelsford
 

 

The Rev. Mike Jackson

 

The Reverend Mike Jackson
 

Mike, a career officer in the Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment of Canada (Korea, Gaza Strip, Cyprus, Congo), resigned to study theology (McGill University) following his role as chief press officer for Royal Tours and VIP visits to Canada. He was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II and also awarded the Canadian Forces Peacekeeping Medal. Mike was ordained in 1965 and served in northern Canada, dioceses of Northern California, Spokane and Olympia. He was associate rector/parish administrator of Epiphany Parish of Seattle before retiring. Part of the Cathedral community for twelve years, associated with it for over 40 years, Mike currently serves on its governance committee and is the diocesan representative to the vestry.

 

The Rev. Sue Reid

 

The Reverend Sue Reid
 

The Rev. Sue Reid retired from the staff of Saint Mark’s in January 2009 having joined the staff in 2004 after moving from Indiana. Currently she serves as a Sunday supply priest for Holy Apostles Chinese Episcopal congregation in Bellevue and other churches in the Diocese of Olympia. She also works part time on the house staff at Town Hall Seattle and hosts a bed and breakfast space in West Seattle. Her principal ministry at Saint Mark’s now is at the Thursday 7 a.m. Eucharist.

The Rev. Carla Robinson

 

The Reverend Carla Robinson
 

Rev. Carla Robinson, a graduate of Concordia Seminary, St Louis, was a Lutheran pastor for 13 years before being received into the Episcopal Church in 2001. She was a member of St Mark’s cathedral for years. She served on the Bishop’s staff for four years. She was ordained in 2009 and was curate at Resurrection, Bellevue and then was vicar of All Saints, Seattle. She has been a priest associate at St Mark’s since January 2013.

 

The Rev. Pat Taylor

 

The Reverend Patricia Taylor
 

Pat Taylor has been in this diocese since 1961. She was a nurse until she was ordained in 1984. As deacon and priest she served in five parishes before retiring and coming to Saint Mark’s in 2001. She was once Diocesan Hospital Chaplain coordinator and has done extensive work with Seattle’s homeless community.

 

Affiliated Liturgical Minister

The Rev. Rich Weyls

The Reverend Rich Weyls

Rich Weyls is a Staff Chaplain at Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, specializing in Palliative Care and Critical Care. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1993. Rich served hospitals and parishes in the Midwest before relocating to Seattle in 2009. Rich is in the reception process with the Diocese of Olympia and hopes to function, someday, as a priest in the Episcopal Church. When he is not visiting patients, conducting research, speaking and writing, Rich and his partner, Mark, enjoy spending time with their three adult sons, their spouses, and two grandchildren, Cora and Dominic. Rich feels blessed to have the opportunity to learn and serve at St. Mark’s.

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