Deacons

Our Deacons offer our members various ways to assist many non-profit service organizations that include:

Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove – Eric Steingruebner
The Club provides opportunity with after school, family support, and community outreach programs.

Breast Cancer Angels – Renae Stone
Provides financial and emotional assistance for women (and men) and their families as they are going through breast cancer treatment.

Casa Teresa – Jennifer Smith
Provides a transformational, comprehensive program for homeless pregnant women, age 18 or older who are alone.

Creative Identity – Bart McHenry
Provides a day-care program for adults with disablities (Autism) and offers activities that allow them to express themselves using music and various artistic media.

Families Forward – Glennda Mourer
With a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, this non profit helps OC families in need achieve and maintain self sufficiency through housing, food, counseling, education and other support services.

Glenn Martin Elementary School – Deborah Savage, Jan Phillips
The schools mission is to provide language fluency and comprehensive education to 780+ K-5 students in Santa Ana. 96% of the students are low income and 90% are ESL.

Irvine Adult Transitional Program (IATP) – Andrew Penner
IATP serves 18-22 year old students with disabilities to increase their independence, providing community based instruction focused on skills related to education, employment and independent living.

LGBT Center OC – Bart McHenry, Kristie Speckhals
LGBT Center offers programs for seniors, gay, lesbian, trans, youth and those living with HIV. The center advocates individual rights and offers mental health and HIV testing, as well as, outreach and educational services.

Newport Beach Library Literacy Program – Renae Stone
Newport Beach Public Library provides free literacy instruction to adults who live or work in the Newport Beach area.

Patrick’s Purpose Foundation – Marilyn Salsbury
Patrick’s Purpose works to bring awareness to teen mental health and provides scholarships to high school students wanting to attend trade school or Community Colleges.

Project Hope Alliance – Heather Manchester
Project Hope Alliance has been working to end the cycle of homelessness one child at a time by stabilizing families in their own home and providing their children with tudors to help with homework, food to nourish the brain, and giving the children opportunities to work on crafts and art projects.

Serving People in Need (SPIN) – Julie Sager
At SPIN, we’re committed to helping the homeless and working poor through quality programs and services centered on building self-sufficiency. We focus on offering a hand up, not a hand out, to help families get back on their feet.

Someone Cares Soup Kitchen – Neem Van der Reest
Founded in 1986, Someone Cares Soup Kitchen feeds a daily nutritional meal to the homeless, the unemployed, the working poor, Mentally and Physically challenged, senior citizens and most important the children.

The St. Mark Deacon’s also provide Easter baskets and Christmas gifts to hundreds of children within the organizations listed above with the help, support and generosity of the church congregation.