The Reverend Ian Burch, Rector
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 and Board Certified 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 that same year as the associate rector at St. Chrysostom’s, Chicago.
Ian began as rector of St. Mark’s on January 1, 2016. He is particularly interested in church growth grounded in radical welcome, as well as finding ways for this parish 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 church can be a powerful partner with other local community organizations for the support and aid of those in need. In this diocese, he has served in the past as a president of the Commission on Ministry, a co-chair of a bishop search, a Fresh Start leader, and a member of the Cathedral Corporation. He is currently a doctoral student at The General Theological Seminary in New York, New York, working on a qualitative research project studying newcomer retention in Episcopal churches.
He lives in Bay View with his husband Travis Trott, a social worker and therapist.
The Reverend George Arceneaux, Associate Rector
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 Master of Divinity degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2015. He served as a Chaplain Resident at Rush University Medical Center on the NICU/Mother-Baby/Labor and Delivery units and as a hospice chaplain across Chicago from 2016 to 2021. He also ministered at St. Paul and the Redeemer in Chicago, primarily with youth, and served as a ministerial intern for St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Oak Park, Illinois from 2018 to 2020. He also served as a transitional deacon and priest at Church of the Ascension from 2020 to 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 on 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. She is an accomplished French horn player. They are well-supported by their two cats: Bon and Mimir.
The Reverend John Hickey, Priest Associate
Rev. John Hickey is a true jack-of-all-trades (and master of none). He holds an M.F.A. in Film, a J.D. in law, and a M.Div. from Seabury-Western, an Episcopal Seminary. All of which means you should probably address him as Sir Hickey. Befitting a born wanderer, Rev. Hickey has sold UFO books in San Francisco, hitchhiked through Ireland, and preached in an elementary school cafeteria on a mountaintop in Hawaii. As a priest, Rev. Hickey has discovered the joys of crafting sermons, leading Bible Study, and getting a free meal at wedding receptions. Unfortunately, he has little experience swinging a thimble, although he does appreciate an old-fashioned evangelical hymn. At St. Mark’s, Rev. Hickey embraces being a retired priest – he still harangues the congregation from the pulpit while never having to attend a vestry meeting.
The Reverend Jana Troutman-Miller, Priest Associate
Jana Troutman-Miller serves as priest associate at St. Mark’s offering spiritual direction, retreats, and occasionally preaches or presides at Wednesday Eucharist and other special services. As a spiritual director, she specializes in discerning God’s call for one’s life, stages of spiritual development, and the spiritual journey of grief and death.
Jana, who was ordained in another denomination, and her husband Randy began attending St. Mark’s in 2006, and soon after she began to feel the call to The Episcopal Church and to pursue holy orders as a priest. They were received into The Episcopal Church in 2010, and Jana was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in 2014, with St. Mark’s as her sponsoring parish. Since that time Jana has served as priest and chaplain at Saint John’s On The Lake, a retirement community in Milwaukee, but still considers St. Mark’s her home, as does Randy who still attends.
In the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee, Jana has served as a member and president of the Commission on Ministry, as the Title IV intake officer and is currently the president of the Standing Committee. She has served for 20 years as a professional health care chaplain in the areas of child, adolescent and adult mental health and addictions, acute care, and long-term care. She is a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains and is a former board of directors member for the organization and chair of the Commission on Certification and Professional Ethics Committee. She holds a Master of Arts degree in counseling ministry from Lincoln Christian Seminary, an Anglican Studies Certificate from Bexley Seabury Seminary, and a certificate in Spiritual Direction from The Haden Institute and is now a member of its faculty.
The Reverend Michelle Mooney, Deacon
Michelle was born in Texas and lived all over the Southwest and Midwest before coming to Milwaukee in 1970. She has been a member of St. Mark’s since 1974, initially as a lay member along with her three children. In 2001 Michelle was ordained as a deacon in The Episcopal Church and she has remained serving here as the deacon.
Michelle has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and English, a master’s in Urban Affairs-Economic Development, is a graduate of the deacons school, and is certified as an Education for Ministry teacher. Professionally Michelle has taught English and history in middle school and high school. Additionally, she has worked for a variety of not-for-profits in the areas of art, low-income housing development, community development and organizing, and was the Director of The Gathering, an interfaith feeding program, for 20 years.
As a deacon, Michelle’s main interest is getting St. Mark’s parishioners out into the community doing charitable and justice work. She is also passionate about seeing that the sick and vulnerable receive the care and attention they need from our church community. Finally her own personal interest is in Common Ground, an interfaith organization that works for greater justice in the greater Milwaukee area. She enjoys gardening and cooking in church and home settings. Michelle looks forward to continuing to work alongside her beloved St. Mark’s community and its members.
Michael Batcho, Interim Director of Music
Michael Batcho grew up in the northern panhandle of West Virginia, not too far from Pittsburgh. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in music education from West Virginia University, he moved to Saco, Maine and worked in a Catholic parish. He then relocated to Richmond, Virginia to work in another Catholic parish and earned a master’s degree in choral conducting from Virginia Commonwealth University. He moved to Milwaukee in 1995 and served as the music director at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist for 26 years. In addition to his work at St. John’s Cathedral, he taught for a few years at Cardinal Stritch University. He lives with his partner, James, in Cedarburg.
Sara Bitner, Parish Administrator
Sara has been at St. Mark’s since May 2014. She holds degrees in speech-language pathology from Augustana College and Indiana University, and she worked as a speech-language pathologist in Illinois before moving to Milwaukee. 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.
Brooke Frizzell, Senior Warden
Vince Katter, Junior Warden
Jason Shimko, Treasurer
Bill Florescu, Vestry Member
Susan Rohde, Vestry Member
Patrick Peczerski, Vestry Member
Bobby Gilbert, Vestry Member
Matt Norby, Clerk/Vestry Member
John Johnson, Vestry Member
Judith Miller, Vestry Member
Jim Rice, Vestry Member