The St. Mark's staff attends to the operational functions of running the church as a viable community resource and a faith-based social enterprise. This team is called upon to apply ministerial priorities, industry standards and best practices to the business and operational needs of the church. The Staff-Parish Relations Committee serves in a governance capacity to integrate staff and congregational focus on the mission of the church. The pastor provides day to day managerial and leadership oversight for the St. Mark's staff team.
The St. Mark’s staff attends to the operational functions of running the church as a viable community resource and a faith-based social enterprise. This team is called upon to apply ministerial priorities, industry standards and best practices to the business and operational needs of the church. The Staff-Parish Relations Committee serves in a governance capacity to integrate staff and congregational focus on the mission of the church. The pastor provides day to day managerial and leadership oversight for the St. Mark’s staff team.
Congressman John Lewis reminds us that The scars and stains of racism are still deeply embedded in the American society. Old wounds that we thought were healing seem to be as exposed and raw as ever in our time.
As the apostle Paul created a Jesus movement, he created a multicultural movement with people of different ethnicities and religious backgrounds. He spoke several languages himself. He was a leading Rabbi and yet a Roman citizen. He knew that the movement would grow only if it had the skills to cross boundaries of language, culture and race.
Pastor Alan became the Pastor at St. Mark’s in July of 2011. Previously he served in pastoral capacities in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Sierra Leone (West Africa) and London with cross-cultural and cross-racial appointments.
Rev. Wendy Weller joined the St. Mark’s staff as the Children’s Christian Education Director in November of 2015. Wendy’s work history includes teaching at Robert J. Fite Elementary School in Elk Grove; serving in a part-time pastoral capacity at North Sacramento UMC; and providing pastoral leadership in the San Leandro, Ione, Lockeford-Clements and Sutter Creek United Methodist congregations.
Wendy senses a strong calling to be in ministry with children and their families, and brings excitement to the St. Mark’s family.
Irene joined St. Mark’s Staff in September of 2016.
She overseas a wide variety of clerical communications and church publications. She enjoys her job and takes pride in formatting bulletins for Sunday Worship. In addition to daily office duties in support of the church, she assists staff, serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor and maintains office programs and operations.
Tina Coutee joined St. Mark’s in November of 2017 as the Child Care Worker.
Tina grew up in a family with church at the center of family life. She also comes with a wealth of experience with children of all ages, including ten years of teaching in a church preschool. She currently works in a special education classroom in the Elk Grove Unified School District. Colleagues and parents appreciate her ability to reach and understand even the most challenging children. In addition to her professional achievements, Tina is the mother of two young adult daughters.
Cath oversees St. Mark’s worship and music ministries and special projects. She has a heart for worship and nurtures a spirit of worship in the music ministries of St. Mark’s. She strategically rolls out and coordinates collaborative efforts that advance St. Mark’s as a professional non-profit, faith-based community organization while positioning the church as a reputable business entity and community resource. She joined the professional executive team at St. Mark’s in June of 2007. Her music role was added in 2008, and expanded to include all of the music ministries in 2016.
Diana performs the financial management functions for St. Mark’s. She attends to most of the matters relating to the church treasury including financial and personnel reporting processes and record-keeping functions. She consults and works in concert with the Finance Committee and the church’s leadership to attend to the fiscal health and vitality of St. Mark’s.
Robert Rouch joined St. Mark’s in November of 2016 as the Organist.
A native of Columbus Ohio, Robert Rouch studied Organ Performance at Ball State University under Kirby Koriath and Raul Prieto Rameriz.
Robert has served as church organist at New Castle First Presbyterian, Grace Lutheran, and High Street United Methodist. Additional studies have included master classes in Barcelona, Spain with Ulrich Walter, Konstantin Volostnov, Ludger Lohman, Thomas Trotter, and Jane Parker Smith. Robert placed first by audience vote at the IV International d’ Orgue de Mataró-Barcelona Compet
Pam serves as the Faith Community Nurse at St. Mark’s. She is committed to the physiological and spiritual well-being of the extended St. Mark’s community. The services that she provides are made possible through procurement of grant funding secured by the United Methodist Women. Pam joined St. Mark’s in October of 2010.
Shatara Travis joined St. Mark’s in November of 2017.
Shatara, oversees and manages the upkeep of St. Mark’s campus facilities. Her responsibilities include care, maintenance and preservation of four building structures, two parking lots, a memorial garden, dedicated playground space and surrounding land and hardscapes.
She manages booking the calendar, coordinated use of space and on-campus resources for meetings, events and functions by church ministry teams and community gr