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The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason, Dean ...
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 30 years and have two adult daughters. He occasionally blogs at www.stevethomason.blogspot.com.
The Reverend Canon Jennifer King Daugherty, Associate ...
Jennifer joined the clergy at Saint Mark’s in 2014 after her ordination to the priesthood in July 2014. She is engaged in all aspects of pastoral care, liturgy and spiritual formation at Saint Mark’s. She previously served as Transitional Deacon at St. Clement of Rome parish in the Mount Baker neighborhood of Seattle, and as a Spiritual Care Intern at Providence Hospice, Seattle. Jennifer is also Managing Director and Partner of Ponder & Co., a firm that provides financial and capital markets advice to non-profit health care systems. She received a Master of Divinity degree from Seattle University, an MBA from New York University and a BA in Economics from Princeton University. She and her husband, Will, met in college. They have three children.
The Reverend Nancy Ross, Curate
Nancy moved to Seattle from the San Francisco Bay area in 2015 as a transitional deacon and immediately and happily found a home serving at Saint Mark’s. She was ordained to the priesthood here at the cathedral the following June. Nancy received her Master of Divinity degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, in 2014 and completed a year-long hospital chaplain residency at Stanford Medical Center. She served as chaplain for Wesley Homes senior care in Auburn, WA and as a night-time chaplain at Swedish Medical Center before taking on full-time hours as curate here at Saint Mark’s. Nancy has a B.A. in Journalism and an M.F.A in Music, and her previous career has been as Communication Director for nonprofit organizations. She serves on the Advisory Board of Project Grace – Service Trips for Mothers Grieving the Death a Child (www.project-grace.org). She and her husband Jim Herrmann are proud parents of aerospace engineer Kelsey Herrmann and the late comic and tattoo artist Pat “Hetic” Herrmann.
The Reverend Earl Grout, Deacon
As a deacon, Earl represents the servant ministry of Christ in the liturgy, the parish and the community. Besides reading the Gospel, setting the table and giving the dismissal at Sunday services, Earl serves on the pastoral care team, AIDS Care Team, and in the welcome ministry to newcomers. In the community, Earl volunteers as a chaplain at Columbia Lutheran Home and as a cargo ship visitor with the Mission to Seafarers. Earl and his wife Nancy are blessed with twins, Melany and Cyrus, and live with two cats in the university area of Seattle. An avid cyclist, Earl has completed several tours, including two cross country, one coast to coast and another from North Dakota to Virginia.
The Rev. Cristi Chapman, Curate
The Rev. Cristi Chapman will serve her curacy-in-training at Saint Mark’s beginning September 1, 2017. She is currently completing her Master of Divinity degree at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, and she was sponsored by her home parish, Church of the Ascension in Magnolia (Seattle). She and her husband Chris have a daughter Madeline. Cristi was ordained a transitional deacon in December, and is scheduled to be ordained a priest at Saint Mark’s Cathedral on June 20, 2017. Cristi says, “serving with the people of Saint Mark’s at such an important time in the life of the Cathedral and the Church is a great honor, and I am thrilled to work with and learn from you during the next two years!”
Emily Austin, Postulant for the Diaconate
Emily Austin has been assigned to serve her field education at Saint Mark’s over the next eighteen months. She is a postulant studying to become a vocational deacon, and comes to us from Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore, WA, where she was active in outreach ministries, particularly in providing foot care to those experiencing homelessness. She works full time during the week at an employee benefits brokerage in Bellevue, and she is attending the Diocese of Olympia’s Iona School. Her first Sunday will be Jan. 29, 2017. She and her husband Ron and their son live in Bothell.
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The Rev. Peter Strimer
Following his MDiv program at Yale Divinity School and his MSW at the University of Connecticut, Peter’s ministry began as Associate Rector of Trinity, Columbus, Ohio where he served as the outreach and youth pastor. He then ran the Hunger Network in Ohio while completing the course work for a PhD in Communication. In 1988 Peter helped found the Third Ave. Community Church, a new church start that used principles of Liberation Theology to launch a congregation committed to social justice. In his last years in Ohio he was also vicar, of St. John’s, Columbus, before receiving a call to be the Canon Missioner at Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, in 1995. While at Saint Mark’s he founded the Capitol Hill Youth Center for homeless young people and the Decency Principles Project to advocate for fair wages, health care, and housing for low-income working people. He was also the staff person for the Committee to End Homelessness in King County that developed the 10-year regional plan that is still in place.
The Rev. Dennis Tierney, Priest Associate
The Rev. Dennis Tierney is a late vocations priest, former university professor and administrator, who served as rector of Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church, Bainbridge Island for nine wonderful years. He now serves part-time as the property manager for the Diocese of Olympia when not traveling, cooking, reading, or opera attending.
The Reverend Patricia Taylor, Priest Associate
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.
The Rev. Canon Marda Steedman Sanborn
The Right Reverend Cabby Tennis
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 Mark’s. 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 Saint Mark’s and in the greater Seattle community.
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.
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