St. Mark Lutheran Church Leadership
St. Mark Lutheran Church is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.
Rev. Carol George
Rev. Carol George was called to St. Mark in 2011 after serving as mission developer/pastor at River of Life in Chugiak, Alaska and in congregations in Keizer and Salem, Oregon since her ordination in1998. Rev. George received an AA in Early Childhood Education, a BS in Sociology with an emphasis in Family Studies from Western Baptist College, and an MDiv from George Fox Seminary (with Lutheran studies at Luther, St. Paul). She served on the Bishop's Mission Advisory Committee in the Oregon Synod and as Coordinator for Vocation and Leadership in the Alaska Synod and currently serves on the candidacy committee and as coordinator for the SAM (Synodically Authorized MInister) program. Rev. George and her husband, David have four grown children, ten (exceptional) grandchildren, and two very spoiled canine "kids." They enjoy traveling, music , reading, movies and good food with family and friends.
Our congregation is blessed to play an important role in the formation of our own Melissa Vesco as an ordained pastor in the ELCA through the avenue of internship. In partnership with Luther Seminary, we are affording “Mel” the contextual education required by the seminary for graduation. Over the next 24 months (2019-2021) she will work with us in many areas of ministry under Pastor Carol's supervision together with her internship committee, Synod Candidacy Committee, and seminary as her formation team.
Vicar Mel is a born and raised Alaskan who about is especially fond of her home community. When she is not serving St. Mark, she is serving the Alaska Air National Guard as a Religious Affairs Airman. Vicar Mel is on a two-year part time internship and will be with us until September of 2021. She is currently finishing her Master of Divinity at Luther Seminary in St. Paul Minnesota. In her free time, she enjoys archery, finding God in the great Alaskan outdoors, and fellowship with others. Vicar Mel is mom to son Eli, who is in his first year of college. Internship during a pandemic is a practice in flexibility and trying new things, but her optimism can be summed up as follows: “I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that.” – Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Long stocking.