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 Psychology 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 three 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.
Mitchell Davidson is a lifelong Alaskan born and raised in Kodiak. In 2015 Mitchell received a B.A. in Communication with a minor in Paleontology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He immediately went to work for the Kodiak Baptist Mission (a long-time mission organization in Kodiak of over a century) where he served as Media and Grants Coordinator before leaving the island life to pursue opportunities here on the mainland. He brings skills in digital communication, design, and community relations to St. Mark. Mitchell and his wife, Sarah, enjoy visiting new places, creating and listening to stories, hiking, camping, and sharing meals with friends, new and old.
Our council leaders are elected by the membership to serve two-year terms. Members of the council serve as liasons to the various committees of the congregation. Officers are elected by the council to serve one year terms.
Current officers and council members are:
Cheryl Barstad- President/Congregational Care liaison
Eric Knapp-Vice President
Annette Morrow- Treasurer (non-council member)
David George-Hospitality liaison
Thelma Ridges-Worship liaison
Paul Peterson-Mutual Ministry
Suzanne Gromoff- Mission liaison
Roger Morrow-Global Mission & Property liaison
Joanna Hubbard-Education liaison
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May Ramiriz-Xiong and her husband, Daniel, have two children, Athena and Xavier and have been actively involved at St. Mark since 2014. May loves working with our education team to provide excellent programming for our children and youth.
We are proud of our exceptional staff including Bonnie Sherwood, Director; Kim Carlson, Teacher and Music Instructor; and our capable Teaching Assistants. These dedicated professionals educate our preschoolers in a loving, Christ-centered environment.
Our parish nurses provide compassionate care and support through visitation, classes and seminars and monthly blood-pressure screenings and healing services.
Our Faith Community Nurse Team includes: Nancy Cumberland, Carol DeVeaux, Brooke Maruskie, Karen Sedlacek and Margaret Seversen.