The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason

Dean and Rector

Steve was called to Saint Mark’s in the summer 2012 after serving in the Diocese of Arkansas, most recently at St. Paul’s in Fayetteville. Previously, he had served as Rector of St. Thomas in Springdale, Arkansas, and as a Canon Missioner for the Diocese. He was ordained in 2004 after attending the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, where he earned a Master of Divinity. Prior to that he earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of the South … Read More

The Rev. Canon Dr. Marda Steedman Sanborn

Interim Associate

Marda has served as the Rector of St. James in Kent for the past ten years, the Secretary to Convention, and one of the Trainers for the College for Congregational Development, and Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Olympia. She was ordained to the Diaconate on January 27, 1992, and served a short time at St. Andrew, Tacoma, before being moved to Saint Mark’s Cathedral. She was ordained to the priesthood on November 22, 1996, and accepted a … Read More

The Rev. Canon Jennifer King Daugherty

Canon for Engagement & Connection [on sabbatical]

Jennifer joined the clergy at Saint Mark’s in 2014 after her ordination to the priesthood in July 2014. She is engaged in all aspects of pastoral care, liturgy and spiritual formation at Saint Mark’s. She previously served as Transitional Deacon at St. Clement of Rome parish in the Mount Baker neighborhood of Seattle, and as a Spiritual Care Intern at Providence Hospice, Seattle. Jennifer is also Managing Director and Partner of Ponder & Co., a firm that provides financial and … Read More

The Rev. Earl Grout


As a deacon, Earl represents the servant ministry of Christ in the liturgy, the parish and the community.  Besides reading the Gospel, setting the table and giving the dismissal at Sunday services, Earl serves on the pastoral care team, AIDS Care Team, and in the welcome ministry to newcomers.  In the community, Earl volunteers as a chaplain at Columbia Lutheran Home and as a cargo ship visitor with the Mission to Seafarers.  Earl and his wife Nancy are blessed with … Read More

The Rev. Emily Austin


Emily Austin was ordained to the diaconate in October of 2018. She works full time during the week at an employee benefits brokerage in Bellevue, and she is attending the Diocese of Olympia’s Iona School. She and her husband Ron and their son live in Bothell.

The Rev. Canon Walter Brownridge


In December of 2020, Saint Mark’s announced that The Rev. Canon Walter Brownridge would serve as Theologian-in-Residence for 2021, during which he will preach periodically, teach, consult with ministry leaders, staff and vestry, with a special focus on the cathedral’s efforts to address systemic racism. Canon Brownridge was recently called by the Bishop of Vermont to serve as Canon to the Ordinary and Canon for Cultural Transformation for that diocese. He begins that role in the new year, transitioning from … Read More

The Rev. Dennis Tierney

Priest Associate

The Rev. Dennis Tierney is a late vocations priest, former university professor and administrator, who served as rector of Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church, Bainbridge Island for nine wonderful years. He now serves part-time as the property manager for the Diocese of Olympia when not traveling, cooking, reading, or opera attending.

The Right Rev. Cabby Tennis

Bishop Cabell Tennis studied first to be a lawyer and later followed a calling to the priesthood. He served parishes in Portsmouth, VA and in Buffalo, NY, before being called in 1970 to be the Dean here at Saint Mark’s. He was elected and consecrated the ninth Episcopal Bishop of Delaware in 1986 where he was active in social justice programs. Bishop Tennis has served the national Episcopal Church as a member of the Committee on Sexual Exploitation, and the … Read More

The Rev. Mark Miller

Priest Associate

Mark retired from St John’s in Snohomish several years ago and served a number of Episcopal churches in western Washington. Besides a commitment to parish life and liturgy at the heart of that,  he has worked ecumenically with many other faith groups, takes a lively interest in social concerns, and enjoys volunteering at the Center for Wooden Boats on south Lake Union. In retirement he and his wife enjoy films and the other arts.

The Rev. Edie Weller

Priest Associate

Edie and her husband, John, joined Saint Mark’s shortly after their move to Seattle in 1979 and raised their two children here. After a career in healthcare planning with Group Health Cooperative, Edie followed the call to priesthood and was ordained in 2003. She has served several parishes in this diocese, most recently as rector of Church of the Resurrection in Bellevue, and in the diocesan ministry of racial justice and reconciliation. As priest associate at Saint Mark’s, she also … Read More