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 participates in the Seattle Service Corps, Creation Care, Sanctuary, and Noel House ministries. For rejuvenation, her favorite activities are horseback riding, cooking, traveling, and learning something new!
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.
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 Joint Commission on Program Budget and Finance and remains a member of the House of Bishops. He has been a member of multiple bar associations as well as the Academy of Family Mediators, and now belongs to the Association for Conflict Resolution. Retired now, he is member of the Medical Quality Assurance Commission (WA state), the Committee on Public Legal Education and a mediator with the Dispute Resolution Center of King County. Bishop Tennis presides from time to time at worship, provides pastoral care at the request of the Dean, and remains active in justice programs at Saint Mark’s and in the greater Seattle community.
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.
Emily Austin has been assigned to serve her field education at Saint Mark’s over the next eighteen months. She is a postulant studying to become a vocational deacon, and comes to us from Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore, WA, where she was active in outreach ministries, particularly in providing foot care to those experiencing homelessness. 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. Her first Sunday will be Jan. 29, 2017. She and her husband Ron and their son live in Bothell.
The Rev. Canon Cristi Chapman completed her Master of Divinity degree at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, and was ordained a priest at Saint Mark’s Cathedral on June 20, 2017. She then served a two-year curacy at the cathedral, and was named a Cathedral Canon on September 1, 2019.
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 twins, Melany and Cyrus, and live with two cats in the university area of Seattle. An avid cyclist, Earl has completed several tours, including two cross country, one coast to coast and another from North Dakota to Virginia.
Nancy moved to Seattle from the San Francisco Bay area in 2015 as a transitional deacon and immediately and happily found a home serving at Saint Mark’s. She was ordained to the priesthood here at the cathedral the following June. Nancy received her Master of Divinity degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, in 2014 and completed a year-long hospital chaplain residency at Stanford Medical Center. She served as chaplain for Wesley Homes senior care in Auburn, WA and as a night-time chaplain at Swedish Medical Center before taking on full-time hours as curate here at Saint Mark’s. Nancy has a B.A. in Journalism and an M.F.A in Music, and her previous career has been as Communication Director for nonprofit organizations. She serves on the Advisory Board of Project Grace – Service Trips for Mothers Grieving the Death a Child (www.project-grace.org). She and her husband Jim Herrmann are proud parents of aerospace engineer Kelsey Herrmann and the late comic and tattoo artist Pat “Hetic” Herrmann.
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 capital markets advice to non-profit health care systems. She received a Master of Divinity degree from Seattle University, an MBA from New York University and a BA in Economics from Princeton University. She and her husband, Will, met in college. They have three children.
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 in Sewanee, TN, and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Arkansas. Steve practiced medicine for more than 20 years as family doctor and hospice/palliative care specialist before turning to parish ministry full-time in 2012. He and his wife Kathy have been married for 33 years and have two adult daughters.