Cathy Nelson, Director of Religious Education
Cathy Nelson joined St. Mark’s as the Director of Religious Education (DRE) for children and youth in June 2000. In her work at St. Mark’s, Cathy oversees the nursery staff, Christian Formation classes for children from Pre-Kindergarten through High School, and Children’s Chapel. Cathy also organizes the annual Vacation Bible School, as well as multi-generational events such as the Advent Wreath-Making Event. Along with Sunday programs, Cathy has been very involved in the Outreach ministries at St. Mark’s, beginning with trips to Piedras Negras, Mexico, with the Youth Group to help run a Vacation Bible School. Other favorite outreach projects include St. Mark’s Angel Tree gift drives during Advent and the annual Heifer International Gift Market. She also trains church volunteers in the Safeguarding God’s Children program.
Cathy has a B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Texas. She is a native Texan, but spent many years living overseas before settling in Austin in 1995. Today, she and her husband are blessed to have their three daughters, son-in-law, grandson, two standard poodles and a large extended family living here in Austin.
Mark Reed, Organist and Director of Music
Mark Reed is the Organist and Director of Music. Mark grew up in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Theory from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida in 1996. He pursued graduate studies at Indiana University, in Bloomington, earning a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance in 1998. After completing his M.M. degree, Mark lived in Bloomington for a few years to continue organ study and to take courses in Sacred Music, Music Theory, and Musicology. Mark’s principal teacher at IU was Dr. Marilyn Keiser. While in Bloomington, Mark taught in the IU Music Theory department for five years and served as Dr. Keiser’s assistant at Trinity Episcopal Church for three years. Prior to his arrival in Texas, Mark served parishes in Florida, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.
Mark came to St. Mark’s in the fall of 2010 from Pittsburgh, PA. He and his partner Matthew relocated to Austin to be close to Matthew’s family. Mark directs the Adult Choir and Choristers, plays the organ and piano for services, and chooses the hymns and anthems. You are always invited to stop by the choir loft after the Sunday service to find out how to get involved in the music ministry.
Lucy Joyce, Treasurer
Lucy has attended St. Mark’s since 1977. She has served as treasurer off and on since about 1984. When she began helping in this area, the position was a volunteer position, but in 2003, it became a staff position. Lucy lives in the Barton Hills neighborhood and has raised five children here. The older four are grown, with her youngest still in college. Lucy has enjoyed watching (and participating) in the growth of St. Mark’s Church into the vibrant community of faith it has become.
Joanne Foote, Parish Administrator
A native Austinite, Joanne has attended St. Mark’s since the late 1980’s. Joanne graduated from UT Austin, earning a Bachelor of Journalism degree with a focus on Photojournalism. Joanne has been Parish Administrator since June 2010. She is married and has two sons. Her work as Administrator encompasses a wide range of duties, from drafting, formatting, and printing all Worship service bulletins, and assisting with Parish-wide communications, as well as keeping the church database and website updated.
Irma Glover/Tim Glover, Sexton
Irma has been in Austin since 1985, and has been St. Mark’s sexton for about 14 years. She is married, and has three sons and one grandson. In her spare time, she enjoys softball and golf. Irma works behind the scenes to keep the church, parish hall, and Day School clean and tidy, and is also hired to clean up the premises for special events.
St. Mark’s has two seminarians who are students at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest. Currently, our seminarians are: Vivian Orndorff and Tom Schneider.