St. Mark Staff

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D. MARK DAVIS, Pastor, Head of Staff

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Mark Davis was raised in Hampton, VA, attending and being educated for ministry in the Pentecostal Holiness Church. After college he attended Union Presbyterian Seminary in VA, and shortly after began the journey of becoming a Presbyterian pastor. He moved to Iowa in 1989 to pursue a Ph.D. in Theology, Ethics, and Culture at the University of Iowa, embarking on what turned out to be a 25-year stay in the state. In 1996 Mark began serving for 18 years as the pastor of a New Church Development near Des Moines, during which the church grew from 90 to over 400 members. Also during that time, Mark was on the Board of Directors for The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, serving several terms as President of the Board.

In January, 2014, Mark accepted a call to serve as the pastor of St. Mark Presbyterian Church, a vital, socially active congregation in Newport Beach. Mark is also active in the Presbytery of Los Ranchos, moderating the Generative Catalyst Team, which is responsible for cultivating a spirit of innovation and faithful responses to what God is doing in the world. Mark has also been a featured speaker at conferences, workshops, and retreats on theology, biblical studies, and worship.

Ordained in 1996, Mark holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology, Ethics and Culture from the University of Iowa and a Doctor of Ministry from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Virginia. He is the author of two books: Talking About Evangelism, (May 2006), and Left Behind and Loving It (Fall 2011), as well as numerous articles, book reviews, and essays. In addition, Mark blogs intensive Bible studies regularly at Left Behind and Loving It and occasionally at Mark of St. Mark.

Mark is a music lover who writes, sings, and plays the saxophone, particularly with St. Mark’s Synerjazz Trio. Mark and his wife, Chris, have four delightful children ranging in age from 15 to 26 and a shy rabbit named George.

HAYES NOBLE, Associate Pastor

Hayes Noble was elected by the congregation as our Associate Pastor on July 15, 2018.

Hayes Noble is a South Carolina native and moved to CA a little over seven years ago.  Hayes graduated from The University of SC (the other USC) with a degree in education and a K-8thgrade teaching credential. He immediately went into church ministry before graduating from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2002.  In his 21 years of fulltime ministry, Hayes has served churches as large as 2,000+ members to as few as 150 members.  In every church, Hayes has led youth and ministered to families.  He currently sits on the Board of our synod’s conference center, Zephyr Point, and he has provided leadership at the presbytery level for Youth Councils, retreats, Youth Triennium delegations, and the Sacramento Presbytery Pastoral Support Committee.

Hayes and his wife, Alfa, are blessed with two beautiful daughters, Allyson (age 10) and Melora (age 4). Alfa works as a medical interpreter and patient advocate. The family enjoys movie nights and camping, They are excited to be part of the St. Mark family!

JENNIFER MC CULLOUGH, Creative Organizer for Youth Ministry

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JUDITH HUG, Business and Facilities Manager
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Education: University of California, Davis; Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning and Management.

Why St. Mark?
I found St. Mark through my family and am here because of St. Mark’s commitment to social justice and inclusiveness. My role as Business Manager gives me a unique opportunity to be of service and to make a meaningful contribution to my faith community.

If you had an unplanned (spontaneous) day off from work what would you do?
Head to the beach for a stroll along the sand, enjoy some time with my dog, and read a good book.

What traditions in your family enhanced your spiritual growth?
My family attended church every Sunday, Vacation Bible School in the summer, youth groups, and retreats. Regular church involvement was simply part of my family life growing up and that tradition has certainly been the strongest influence.

If you could trade places with anyone for a day who would that be?
Simon, an amazing safari guide in Kenya.

What is your bucket list (if money and time were unlimited, what would you do)?
Trek through the jungles of Rwanda to see the Silverback Gorillas; go on safari in Botswana; visit Victoria Falls. Serve in the Peace Corps. Learn to play the violin.

SUE-ANN WICHMAN, Office Administrator
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Why St. Mark?
Why NOT St. Mark? What a wonderful opportunity to be a part of a vibrant, multi- generational church where mission matters, not just with a check in the offering plate every month, but hands on mission work that makes a difference in our community and abroad. I believe that the mission statement of the church is one that is needed around the world and I am thrilled and grateful to be here.

If you had an unplanned (spontaneous) day off from work, what would you do?
I would probably make some popcorn and watch a movie without any interruptions, a real luxury for me. I would call a friend for sushi and maybe even go shopping.

What tradition(s) in your family enhanced your spiritual growth?
I was raised Catholic by my paternal grandparents, but church was not a big part of my childhood. My first real understanding of having a personal relationship with Christ was junior high when, I was invited to a youth group Bible study by a classmate.

If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would that be?
That is a tough one. I think I would have to say any astronaut on the international space station. What a thrill that would be!

What is your bucket list (if money and time were unlimited what would you do)?
Travel with my husband. I have always dreamed about going to Greece but would also like to visit Ireland. I would love to travel by RV across every state in the U.S. visiting friends and relatives and seeing the sites and cities of American History. I would visit every major league ballpark and see a home game and follow my favorite football team the Green Bay Packers for the entire season.

JANE REIMUND, Education and Nurture Assistant
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EDUCATION: University of Findlay, Findlay, OH

Why St. Mark?
We visited several churches when my husband and I moved here with our family. Once we found St. Mark, it became our church home. We were met with friendly, accepting people who care for each other and the community.

If you had an unplanned (spontaneous) day off from work, what would you do?
I recently retired after having worked in Education Administration for 30 years, including 12 years at Central Michigan University and 18 at University of California-Irvine. I have the best of both worlds; working with the St. Mark staff and having time with the grandchildren, working with volunteer interests and travel.

What tradition(s) in your family enhanced your spiritual growth?
Every Sunday I attended church with my family, and my parents were very active in in church life. My dad served as treasurer and my mom headed up the women’s programs.

If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would that be?
I am an avid reader of American History. A day with Thomas Jefferson or Abraham Lincoln would be at the top of my list.

What is your bucket list (if money and time were unlimited what would you do)?
Would like to revisit the island of Moorea, spend one more week in Barcelona and cruise the Alaskan inland passage.

SCOTT FARTHING, Director of Music

Scott Farthing is a Southern California based conductor, composer, pianist, vocal pedagogue, stage director and actor with a professional career spanning over thirty years. Dr. Farthing has conducted All-State choirs, regional honor choirs, as well as college, church, high school and junior high choirs throughout the country as a guest clinician. He is most noted for his choral compositions that are featured in choral standard lists across the United States.

In 2005, Farthing was appointed Professor of Music at Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, California, a position that he still holds. While at Saddleback, Farthing has taught all levels of voice class, Applied Music, Choirs, Musical Theatre, Honors Humanities, Honors Music Appreciation, and served as the Chair for the Department of Music.

In addition to his work in Academics and Music, Farthing has become a noted speaker and writer. With invitations to speak at churches and community groups, he has encouraged people with insight to approaching their lives with confidence and inspiration by using their stage fright and fear of failure as a motivation and weapon for success. Dr. Farthing received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory where he had the privilege of being both accompanist and Assistant Director for all the choirs under Eph Ehly and Charles Robinson. Dr. Farthing’s compositions are represented by Walton Music, Santa Barbara Music, Colla Voce and distributed by Hal Leonard. Dr. Farthing is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Association of California Community Colleges and the American Choral Director’s Association.  Please see for more information. We are thrilled to have him join our staff.

ALICIA ADAMS, Organist/Accompanist

Alicia AdamsAlicia Adams is originally from Alabama, and earned a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in organ performance, from Alabama College (now the University of Montevallo), Montevallo, Alabama in 1969. She studied organ performance with Arthur Poister at Syracuse University and David Craighead at Eastman School of Music. In 1983, she received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, and practiced for fifteen years as a civil litigation attorney. Moving to California in 1995, Ms. Adams has served as organist at Mesa Verde United Methodist Church, Shepherd Hills United Methodist Church, Bay Shore Community Congregational Church and Interim Director of Music at Community United Methodist Church. She has accompanied various groups in Southern California including Villa Park High School, Cerro Villa Middle School, the Choral Belles and Harbor Singers.   With many notes left in her fingers and music in her soul she is delighted to be a member of the music ministry team at St. Mark. Hobbies include reading and all things around and in the water, including boating, fishing and RVing with her husband, Ron Gagliano. She is an active member of the Orange County Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, serving as Treasurer since 2003, and is currently the Convention Coordinator for the 2019 West Region Convention to be held in Orange County.


Beth Schwartz

Beth is a nurse, teacher and leader whose life purpose is to bring healing and freedom by leading and empowering the world towards awakening and health. She has her Masters of Science in Nursing and will graduate from Fuller Theological Seminary with a Masters of Theology in June. She has recently stepped off staff at Saddleback Church as the Women’s Minister to pursue her calling of bringing holistic health to the world around her in new ways. Currently she teaches nursing and public health students at Azusa Pacific University. She is thrilled to join the wonderful staff of St. Mark. She is the wife of Scott and mother to Maren (9thgrader) and Ethan (8thgrader). She is an artist who loves color, thrifting, yoga and spending time with her family and her two dogs Maddie, a Yorkie and Samson, a grumpy Chihuahua.



I was born in Santa Monica, CA and attended Bel Air Presbyterian Church as a child.  After attending UC Santa Barbara I moved to Mexico City where I served as a PCUSA Mission Associate, worked in a non-profit agency, completed my graduate studies and married my Bolivian-Peruvian husband Ben.

Family:  My husband Ben and I married in 1998 and have two teenage kids.

Education:  I have an undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara and a Masters degree from the Universidad de las Americas in Mexico City.  I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Why St. Mark?
When we moved to Orange County from Mexico City St, Mark was the first and last church we visited in our church shopping tour.  Social justice and hospitality are both important to me and our family and we found both in this place.

If you had an unplanned day off from work what would you do?
I love yoga, hiking and any event that contains member of my ecclectic bunch of friends/ family.  I’d for sure steal some time with my husband.  If possible I would squeeze in a nap.

What has enhanced your spiritual growth?
I lived in Mexico for ten years in my twenties and early thirties and had the unique experience of worshipping and working with vibrant but economically marginalized communities.  There I learned about generosity, service, joy, courage and humility.  Holy Week in Latin America and walking the stations of the cross on Good Friday are especially moving.  You walk for miles alongside small children, spry old women, singing, sweating and standing shoulder to shoulder with one another to remember this important day and pray for all on this journey of life.

If you could have a meal with anyone who would it be?
Im thinking Henri Nouwen or Anne Lammott…

STAR BRIMER, Director-St. Mark Community Preschool


Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the California State University of Fullerton, with a focus on Neurology and Child Development. She has been in the Early Childhood Education field for 15 years.

Why St. Mark?
Because St. Mark is the BEST! I am completely amazed at how wonderful everyone is here. The Lord’s love is evident through the people who are a part of the St. Mark Community Church and Preschool.

If you had an unplanned (spontaneous) day off from work, what would you do?
The ideal day would include either golfing or bowling with my son.

What tradition(s) in your family enhanced your spiritual growth?
My family attended church while I was a young child but unfortunately that tradition did not continue as I got older. I found myself becoming involved in church and Bible study classes with my close friends. Personally, whenever I am outdoors I find myself amazed by God’s creations and feel that those experiences enhance my spiritual growth.

If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would that be?
This is a very tough question! I would trade places with the teachers at St. Mark Community Preschool so that I could enjoy the children in their class for the whole day!

What is your bucket list (if money and time were unlimited what would you do)?
I would travel around the world and see as many countries as possible with my family. I would also buy an RV and travel around the United States, learning more about our country’s history along the way. I would also spend time volunteering in children’s orphanages and with disadvantaged youth.