A Big St. Mark’s Welcome to Our Newest Clergy Members!

Nov 22, 2017

We are very pleased to welcome three wonderful individuals into the St. Mark’s clergy family. If you have not yet met Kate, Andrew, or Cindy in person, we encourage you to seek them out next time you are in church and let them get to know you, too!

rev-dr-kate-heichler-interim-associate-rector-st-marks-capitol-hill-dcThe Reverend Dr. Kate Heichler stepped into a temporary position of Interim Associate Rector when she preached on Sunday, November 19, at all three services.

We aren’t exactly sure how long she’ll be with us because she is in an active search for her next church, but we are fortunate to have her on the team as long as she is available!

Kate is a priest in the Diocese of Washington as well as a writer, speaker, spiritual director, and retreat leader.  She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Hartford Seminary, MDiv and STM degrees from Yale Divinity School, and a BFA from NYU.  Water Daily, her weekday reflections on the following Sunday’s gospel reading, can be found here or emailed to you on request.

Andrew Arakawa, our Seminarian, is a candidate for Holy Orders from the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi.  He is in his second year of studies at Virginia Theological Seminary and began his year as Seminarian in September, 2017.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature and European History from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.  Andrew has taught U.S. History and Hawaiian History at the Kamehameha Schools (a school for Native Hawaiian children).  Before moving to Virginia, Andrew was a partner in his wife Kimberly’s PR, Marketing, and Development firm, and served as a chaplain for Hospice of Hilo in Hilo, Hawaiʻi.  He was also in Waiolaihuiʻia, which is the Diocese of Hawaiʻi’s local formation program that is part of the Iona Initiative, for individuals seeking ordained ministry.  Andrew holds a black belt in the Japanese martial art, Aikido, and served as one of the instructors at his dojo in Hawaiʻi.  He and Kimberly have been married for 23 years and have an 11-year-old son named Liam.

Cindy Dopp joined us as Deacon late in October, 2017. She shared the following in the e-Gospel on November, 4:

“I am excited to be joining St. Mark’s as your deacon.  I was ordained on Sept 30th, 2017 at the National Cathedral, along with four other deacons.  We are the first “class” of deacons to be ordained in the Washington diocese, with more to follow over the next few years. 

I work as an inpatient hospital chaplain at George Washington University Hospital.  In addition, I am a chaplain for an outpatient palliative care clinic through an organization called George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health. (GWIsh).  GWish promotes the integration of spirituality and health care in various ways, including research studies, international conferences, and medical school education and training. 

I graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2011, with a Masters of Divinity. I am now in the midst of earning a Doctor of Ministry degree at Wesley.

 I have been an active member at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in northwest DC for the past 27 years.  While at St. C’s, I participated in a variety of ministries including Lay Eucharistic Ministry, Healing, Reading, Adult Education, and Stephen Ministry training and leadership. I also served on Senior Ministries and Pastoral Care committees and as a diocesan lay delegate. 

I have been married for 31 years to my husband, Michael.  We have three children (James, Carolyn, and Peter) who are 30, 28, and 24 years old. They live in China, New York City, and Denver respectively. We also have a highly anxious but loving dog named Benny.

I look forward to meeting all of you and to being part of the wonderful community of St. Marks.”

Welcome one and all. We are so glad you are here!