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
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Hayes Noble was elected by the congregation as our Associate Pastor on July 15, 2018. He hopes to start in mid August.

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.

RICHARD MESSENGER, Director of Music
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Hometown: Clarinda, Iowa

Family Info: Parents live in Ames, Iowa. Three younger brothers live in Elk Grove Village, Illinois; Waterloo, Iowa; and Des Moines, Iowa.

Education: Bachelor of Music, Hastings College (NE)

Why St. Mark?
I knew of St. Mark and knew Leslie Brockman (my organist colleague) for many years. I recommended my predecessor (John Byun) to St. Mark when the choir director position was open in the mid-1990’s. When the position re-opened in 2000, the time was right!

If you had an unplanned (spontaneous) day off from work what would you do?
I would not set foot outside the house. Having a free day at home is a real luxury for me!

What traditions in your family enhanced your spiritual growth?
I grew up in Iowa in the Methodist church. My father for many years filled the pulpit (as a layman) for ministers who were on vacation. These were frequently “circuit” positions—churches in several small towns sharing the same minister. Since no minister ever had more than three weeks’ vacation, Dad only needed three sermons. My brothers and I were towed from church to church on a Sunday morning, sometimes hearing Dad preach the same sermon at two or three different churches in one morning. To this day, I remember bits and pieces of those sermons!

If you could trade places with anyone for a day who would that be?
I guess I’m pretty happy being who I am. I can’t think of anyone I’d want to trade places with!

What is your bucket list (if money and time were unlimited, what would you do)?
I would travel, including two places where I would like to stay for as long as I’d like: (1) I’d go back to Brazil and stay at a wonderful hotel overlooking the Iguassu Falls—one of the most impressive sights I’ve ever seen! (2) I’d hibernate in a cabin in the mountains with a stream running nearby—reading and hiking and sleeping!

ALICIA ADAMS, Organist/Accompanist

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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.

ANN SCOTT, Parish Nurse
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Hometown: I was born in Exeter, New Hampshire. My dad served in the Air Force and we moved often during my childhood. I have spent a good portion of time in California as an adult. I ususally win the “how many places have you lived” game with the answer of 14.

Family Info: I have been married to Andy since 1979. He is a Presbyterian Minister, retired. He is another reason I continued to move around as an adult. We have two adult children and one granchild.
Education: I am a Registered Nurse with many years of experience. I graduated from the San Jose School of Nursing in 1973. My career has taken me from the ICU to the Emergency Department, then PreHospital with the Paramedic Program and now to GI procedures. In my spare time I teach the American Heart Certification courses to nurses and doctors and CPR to the public.

Why St. Mark?
The most friendly congregation I have ever met is here at St. Mark. It is truly inclusive with so much energy you just can’t wait to get started. Having passed the test of my Princeton trained husband, St. Mark has been a good fit for both of us. We have been members for 19 years.

If you had an unplanned (spontaneous) day off from work what would you do?
First, I would go to the beach for some contemplation and reverence. Then honestly, I would go shopping.

What traditions in your family enhanced your spiritual growth?
My mom is a church organist. She found positions at every Air Base we were stationed. As the eldest of four kids, she always took me with her. Bless her for her wisdom because it has been a lovely journey.

If you could trade places with anyone for a day who would that be?
I would like to be the Secretary of State. I love to travel and how fascinating it would be to have an influence on world peace.

What is your bucket list (if money and time were unlimited, what would you do)?
I would like to explore the coasts all along the Meditteranean. I’d like to spend as much time as needed to know the culture and develop some friendships for future trips. I would end up back here because this is the best place in the world to walk on the beach.

GRETCHEN WEISENBURGER CARRILLO, Parish Counselor

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Gretchen received her degrees from UC Santa Barbara and the Universidad de las Americas in Mexico City. She has spent much of her career seeking to improve mental health systems in both the U.S. and Mexico, where she and her husband Ben Carillo and family lived for 10 years, and has worked with numerous county and non-profit service agencies in Orange and Los Angeles Counties.

Gretchen’s position is new for us, so we are starting with a template and will be open to letting the position evolve as we learn more and more about how to connect her gifts with the needs we have as a congregation. She will be offering 15-minute consultations for St. Mark members, as well as ongoing support for our staff and being a collaborative voice on our Health Ministries Commission.

Gretchen says, “We all go through difficult times in our lives, and often don’t know where to turn, or feel embarrassed about seeking help.  As Parish Counselor, my role will not be as a therapist, but as someone to offer confidential support and direct people to resources that can be of help.”

HELEN WALLEY, Wedding Coordinator
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EDUCATION: San Diego State University

Why St. Mark?
I was raised in the Presbyterian Church and had friends at work who attended St. Mark. I visited on Sunday and stopped my search for a church. The is The Place.

If you had an unplanned (spontaneous) day off from work, what would you do?
Breakfast in Laguna Beach and a walk on the beach.

What tradition(s) in your family enhanced your spiritual growth?
Regular church attendance and participation.

If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would that be?
I am happy being me!

What is your bucket list (if money and time were unlimited what would you do)?
Travel to Europe, Asia and South America, and take a road trip through the U.S.A.

STAR BRIMER, Director-St. Mark Community Preschool

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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.