Wardens, Vestry and Officers

The Senior Warden: Peter Sherer

The Senior Warden is elected to serve by the parish membership and is the “chief lay officer” of St. Mark’s. The Senior Warden works in partnership with the Rector or Priest-in-Charge to give overall leadership to the parish.

The Junior Warden: Doris Muller-Burton

The Junior Warden is elected to serve by parish membership and is responsible for management and upkeep of our buildings and grounds. The Junior Warden is assisted by other parishioners – including the Manciple, the Fabric Committee and the Garden Committee – and St. Mark’s maintenance contractor.

The Vestry

The Vestry is the governing board of the parish. It meets monthly and is presided over by the Priest-in-Charge. Voting members include the Senior and Junior Wardens and nine Members of the Vestry elected by the parish membership. Parish officers and the Associate Rector participate actively in the work of the Vestry but do not vote. Members of the Vestry also serve as liaisons to the Pillars and various priority committees and activities, as needed.  Minutes of all Vestry meetings are posted on the website and can be found here.

Current Vestry Members

Class of 2017: Steve Dalzell, Fritz Henn, Martha Huizenga
Class of 2018: Doug Jackson, Christina White, Karen Wiedemann
Class of 2019: Stephanie Deutsch, Thia Hamilton, Beth Mahood


Register: Mary Cooper
Treasurer:  Andrew Stafford
Manciple: Jack Burton
Legal Counsel: Michael Knipe
Human Resources Officer: Open
Risk Manager:  George Meng

Vestry and Officer Assignments to Key Committees

Endowment Board:  Doris Muller-Burton (Junior Warden and voting member), Andrew Stafford (Parish Treasurer and ex officio member)
Finance Committee:  Andrew Stafford (Chair), Martha Huizenga, Beth Mahood
Membership:  Steve Dalzell
Stewardship/Annual Canvass/Capital Campaign/Fund Raising:  Fritz Henn
Youth and Family Ministries:  Steve Dalzell

Participation in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington

St. Mark’s is a part of the Episcopal Diocese of Washingtonand the Episcopal Church of the US.  St. Mark’s sends four delegates to the annual diocesan convention, and members of the parish serve in a variety of other roles within the diocese.

Parish Delegates to Diocesan Convention:  Joseph Tarantolo, Bill Dickinson, Jim Steed
Member of Diocesan Council: Maureen Shea
Member of the Diocesan Finance Committee: Bill Dickinson
Lay AssessorSally Garr Brodhead
Resolutions Committee: Raiford Gaffney

Standing Committees and Teams


The Membership Committee is charged with providing a welcoming spirit in our community so that current and new members, newcomers and visitors experience radical hospitality.
Conveners: Mary Thuell & Katherine Anderson


The Endowment Board manages monies given to the church by parishioners for specific purposes.
Co-Chairs: Kathryn Powers and Cecilia Monahan

The Finance Committee drafts the parish budget, monitors income and expenditures through the year, conducts financial needs-analysis in coordination with clergy, staff and parish leaders, and makes recommendations to the vestry on financial matters.
Chair: Andrew Stafford, Treasurer

The Money Counters count and deposit the Sunday collections.  Appointment requires Vestry approval.
Chair: Susan Sedgewick

The Stewardship Committee organizes and runs the annual fall membership Canvass.  The Canvass solicits pledges of financial support from members for the next calendar year, enabling the Vestry to prepare a budget.
Co-Chairs: Nora Howell and Mike Townsend

Junior Warden’s Committees

The Fabric Committee assists the Junior Warden with his/her work managing the parish buildings and grounds.
Chair: Doris Burton

Historic Preservation Committee works with the Junior Warden on matters related to the preservation of the historic nave (1888-1894)
Chair: Doris Burton

Columbaria We have two: one is located in the chancel and the other in the Chapel of the Nazarene (space available).
Coordinator: Penny Hansen

Two committees provide support for leaders

Advisory Committees offer support for our clergy, program staff, and wardens.
Convener:  Betsy Athey

Elders are former Wardens and Co-Directors of Christian Education.  They meet at the call of the Rector and/or Senior Warden to offer counsel on the life and labors of the parish.
Co-Conveners: Betsy Athey, Bruce Sherman