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The Rev. Ian C. Burch, Rector

Headshot Ian Burch

Fr. Burch was raised in Chugiak, Alaska, where his family helped found a small, semi-rural mission congregation. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, where he studied Religion and Russian Language as well as Music. Directly after graduating, he began Master of Divinity studies at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. He graduated in 2004, then spent one year as a Chaplain Resident at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. After being endorsed for healthcare ministries by the Rt. Rev. George Packard in 2005, he worked as a professional Chaplain for eight years. He ministered in hospice, intensive care, and emergency clinical areas. He was ordained to the priesthood in January 2014 by the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Lee and called as the Associate Rector at St. Chrysostom.

Ian began as rector of St. Mark’s on January 1, 2016. He is particularly interested in church growth and finding clever ways for parishes to serve God in tangible ways in the community. He is also interested in how holy liturgy shapes us for Christ’s service in the world as well as the different ways a parish can be a powerful partner with other local community organizations for the support and aid of those in need.

He lives with his husband Travis Trott, a social worker and therapist.

The Rev. George Arceneaux, Assistant Priest/Curate

George Arceneaux was ordained to the priesthood in February of 2021, sponsored by St. Paul and the Redeemer Episcopal Church in Chicago. George is from Lafayette, Louisiana and received his Masters of Divinity degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2015. He served as a resident hospital chaplain at Rush University Medical Center on the NICU/Mother-Baby/Labor and Delivery units and as a hospice chaplain across Chicago from 2016-2021. He also ministered at St. Paul and the Redeemer in Hyde Park, primarily with youth, and served as ministerial intern for St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Oak Park from 2018-2020. He also served as a transitional deacon and priest at Church of the Ascension from 2020-2021.

George is motivated by the vision of Christ made manifest in each individual person, believing each person’s passion and gifts display the Holy Spirit, and is particularly focused now towards family and children’s ministries. He also has a heart for discerning the Church’s role in dismantling systemic injustice and exploring the sacred in human experience.

George lives with his wife, Fiona, in Madison where Fiona is pursuing her doctorate in music. She is an accomplished French horn player. They are well-supported by their two cats: Bon and Mimir.

The Rev. Michelle Mooney, Deacon

Michelle has been serving as St. Mark’s deacon since 2002. She is a trained community organizer. Prior to her ordination, she served as the Executive Director of The Gathering, an ecumenical ministry providing food for those in need. She serves as the leader of the St. Mark’s Common Ground Core Team, Bible Study, and Pastoral Care Team.  An avid gardener, Michelle helps to oversee the St. Mark’s Community Garden and helps to make our grounds and neighborhood a beautiful place. You will often find her sharing her culinary gifts in the St. Mark’s kitchen. Michelle loves meeting with people who are new to St. Mark’s and will happily answer any questions you might have about our parish community or outreach ministries.

Steve Wolff, Music Director

Mr. Wolff, M.M.A, M.M.A, did his undergraduate work at Marquette University, where he studied English Literature, Fine Arts, Philosophy, and Theology, taking his baccalaureate degree in English Literature. His Master’s degrees are from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, in Organ Performance and Music Composition. He has had numerous commissions of compositions and his music works are published by GIA, Belwin Mills, and Thomas House. He has over 250 original compositions and he puts on from 80 to 100 concerts a year in churches and venues in the greater Milwaukee area with Prata (a horn and piano/organ duo with Mike Keegan, French Horn), Procyon (a jazz duo with Todd Domenget, string bass) and as a soloist (piano and organ). He has recorded with Todd Domenget, Justin Wolff, and Mike Keegan.

At St. Mark’s, Steve has organized an Artist in Residence program which involves the regular participation at Sunday worship. His philosophy of worship entails what he likes to consider an Outreach of Joy, whereby he hopes that a joyful spirit will awaken and deepen Christian faith. He wishes with his music to splash the joy of the resurrection across the walls of the church and out into the streets.

Sara Bitner, Parish Administrator

Sara has been at St. Mark’s since May 2014. She produces the weekly bulletins and other parish publications, coordinates the church calendar, maintains our web presence and social media, and provides a welcome presence in the office. In addition to her work at St. Mark’s, Sara serves as the Communications Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee. Sara is also active in the music scene around Milwaukee and sings regularly with the Milwaukee Chamber Choir and Musicā Oramus.

 

2021 Vestry

Katherine Katter, Senior Warden
Bill Hunt, Junior Warden
Jason Shimko, Treasurer
Dan Buckler, Clerk/Vestry Member
Judith Miller, Vestry Member
Graicey Van Spankeren, Vestry Member
Steve Martinie, Vestry Member
Genevieve Vassell, Vestry Member
Judy Young, Vestry Member
Bill Florescu, Vestry Member
Brooke Frizzell, Vestry Member
Patrick Peczerski, Vestry Member