The Rev. Canon Walter Brownridge

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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 his current post as Associate at Christ Church, Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He formerly served as Associate Dean of the School of Theology in Sewanee, Tennessee, and I came to know him during his five years as Dean of St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Honolulu. Earlier in his ministry, he served as a Canon of St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, as the nation transitioned from apartheid rule. Prior to ordination, he practiced law as a federal prosecutor and in the area of public policy development. Canon Brownridge is a contributor to the recently published book, Preaching Black Lives (Matter) (July 2020, Church Publishing). His essay/sermon is titled “On the Occasion of the 400th Anniversary of the Arrival of the First Enslaved Africans to British North America.”

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The Rev. Edie Weller

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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!

The Rev. Mark Miller

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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 Right Rev. Cabby Tennis

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The Rev. Canon Dr. Marda Steedman Sanborn

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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 call to be Associate Rector at St. James, Kent, beginning Ash Wednesday, February 12, 1997. Marda has been married to Doug for 25 years and they have a daughter Melissa who recently graduated from WSU with a degree in chemistry; Melissa is continuing her studies at Bellevue College. They have a Schnauzer and Cocker Spaniel which rounds out their family.

The Rev. Dennis Tierney

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The Rev. Emily Austin

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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. Earl Grout

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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.

The Rev. Canon Jennifer King Daugherty

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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.

Canon Daugherty will be on sabbatical leave from August 16 through December 1, 2021.

The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason

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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.