The Reverend Elizabeth Zarelli Turner, Rector
The Rev. Elizabeth Zarelli Turner has been Rector of St. Mark’s since 2008. She has, however, been at St. Mark’s since 1999 when she was hired to serve as Assistant to the Rector. In 2004 she and her family moved to Maine for one year, but returned to St. Mark’s upon their return to Austin. Her predecessor, the Rev. William M. Bennett, retired in June of 2007. Upon his retirement Elizabeth+ served as locum tenens and then as Acting Rector until her call to be Rector in January of 2008.
Elizabeth+ was born and raised in Seattle, WA. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University (SPU) with her B.A. in 1976. She studied at the Yale Divinity School from 1976-1978 and earned an M.A.R. degree. She worked as the Assistant Director of Campus Ministries at SPU until 1982, when she moved to New York City as a student at the General Theological Seminary (GTS). She graduated from GTS with a M.Div. degree in 1984. She was ordained Deacon in June of 1984 and moved to Cincinnati, OH where she served as Assistant to the Rector at Church of the Redeemer until 1986. Her marriage to Philip Turner in 1986 took her back to NYC, where she served for 2 years as the Assistant Ecumenical Officer for the Episcopal Church and then 3 years as a clergy Associate at St. James’ Church. In 1991 Elizabeth and her family moved to New Haven, CT, where her husband served as Dean of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and during which time Elizabeth+ was Interim and Assistant Dean of Admissions for the Yale Divinity School.
Upon Philip’s retirement, the family moved to Austin where Elizabeth served at All Saints’ for two years prior to her ministry at St. Mark’s.
Elizabeth and Philip have a daughter, Elisa.
The Reverend Nathaniel Jung-Chul Lee, Assistant Rector
The Rev. Nathaniel Jung-Chul Lee came to Texas in 2011 in order to pursue a Ph.D. in Religion at Baylor University and was named a Presidential Scholar and a Conyers Scholar with the Institute of Faith and Learning. His current research deals with the intersection of theological ethics, political theory, race/identity theory, and ordinary language philosophy. During his first three years in Texas, he served as the Curate at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Waco.
Nate+ graduated from Wheaton College (IL) in 2004 with a B.A. in Biblical Studies and Christian Formation & Ministry, and again in 2006 with an M.A. in Intercultural Studies. He was also starter on the Wheaton football team. In 2005-06, while working as a youth minister at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, Nate felt the call to the priesthood. (During this time, he also worked as a high school football coach at The Covenant School.) He soon followed his calling and went back to school where he completed a M.Div. at Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Pennsylvania in 2009.
He continued his education at Duke University, where he completed a Th.M. in 2011. While at Duke, he served as a Research Associate, where he assisted with the editing of two books: Working with Words and War and the American Difference. In addition he has publication credits in the following journals: Political Theology, The Living Church, and The Trinity Journal. Nate has also written for the Diocese of Texas’ blog, Out of the Ordinary.
Today, he continues to stay active in his recreation time, and enjoys a variety of indoor and outdoor sports. His other leisure-time activities include writing, (really bad, and cheesy) music, and learning new languages. When not in the classroom or the pulpit, Nate+ frequently travels to give lectures at various conferences and is an active member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Society of Scholar Priests.