Clergy

The Reverend Zac Koons, Rector

Fr. Zac accepted the call to be the Sixth Rector of St. Mark’s in July 2018. He was previously the Associate Rector at St. Richard’s in Round Rock. He attended Wheaton College and Duke Divinity School. Zac was born in Indiana, grew up in Arkansas, and is still surprised that he’s ended up in Texas—and still more that he loves it. On a day off, Zac likes to hike, climb, and take pictures. To blow off steam, Zac plays soccer. He’s a passionate supporter of Duke basketball, Arsenal Football Club, and tacos. He’s married to Anna, a global health policy nerd, with whom he shares the deep joy of living with a crazy dog named Watson. Zac is also a regular contributor at The Living Church’s Covenant blog. You can read his writing here. You can email Fr. Zac here: zac@stmarksaustin.org.

 

David Peters photoThe Rev. Dr. David W. Peters, Associate Rector

David W. Peters was born in Pennsylvania, and grew up in Elkridge, MD, and Limerick, PA. He served in the military as an enlisted Marine and an Army Chaplain, deploying to Baghdad, Iraq in 2005. His ministry experience includes youth ministry, hospital and military chaplaincy, as well as parish experience at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown, TX. He completed the Master of Divinity (Biblical, 2002) and Doctor of Ministry (Erskine, 2012) degrees, as well as two years of Clinical Pastoral Education at Army hospitals and Seton Medical Center in Austin. He is also a graduate of the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Master of Arts in Religion. David‘s writing has been published by the Huffington Post, Oxford University Press, and Tactical 16 Press. His sermon, “Learning War and Reconciliation”, won the Reconciliation Preaching Prize from Trinity, Wall Street. David had the honor of preaching it to first responders at Ground Zero in NYC on 9/11/2015. David still ministers as an Army chaplain in the Army Reserve. He is currently a reserve Instructor at the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School at Ft. Jackson, SC. David is the founder of the Episcopal Veterans Fellowship and the Hospitallers of St. Martin, a missional Christian Community for Veterans. David enjoys long-distance running, reading novels, dark chocolate, social bicycling, and writing about himself in the third person. He is the father of three sons and is married to the lovely Sarah Bancroft. Since arriving at St. Mark’s he often meditates on the short Aramaic phrase of Jesus that only appears in Mark 7:34, “Be Opened.”

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